In case you were away from your computer on Saturday, or somehow missed the string of new posts, Real Southern Men launched with a vengeance that day. We had great traffic to the site all weekend. Of particular note is the fun we’ve had with comments. Our readers want to talk, and we’re more than happy to oblige them.
So if you’re just now visiting the newly launched RSM, here’s what you may have missed:
Before we can determine the kind of men we want to be, we need to take a good, long look at the men we are. Or the boys we were. And sometimes that picture includes southern mountain dancing, as in Kris Wheeler’s tale, “Confessions of a Dixie Dandy.”
Sometimes it means we have to come to grips with our insecurities. That’s what Wayne Franklin had to do in “Kelli and the Contras,” confronting his wife’s near miss with life as the mistress of a Nicaraguan Contra.
They say it’s not the heat, but the humidity that makes life unbearable in a Southern summer. Lee Meadows argues that it’s both, and it has some surprising effects on Southern men in “Stupefied, Not Stupid.”
Few things define Southern men more than their love of home. That’s exactly what Jerrod Brown explores in “My Place.”
Want to know why we launched on a non-distinct April Saturday? Wayne has an answer.
To gain a little more insight into this site and our contributors, read our first-ever “RSM Roundtable.”
Kris brings us his first installment on “Under the Radar” bands, introducing us to The Honeycutters.
Like gardening tips? Here’s one: “Azaleas Don’t Like Roundup.”
Or take a look back into Southern history, as embodied in “The House on Literary Hill.”
In addition to these posts, check out the initial offerings from our recurring features, “A Real Southern Man is…,” the how-to feature “Be a Real Southern Man,” our mini-biographies “RSM Profiles,” a gallery of iconic images of the South known as “Southern Snapshots,” and our instruction in Southern speak, “Twanglish Lessons.”