Starting this week, Southernness is launching something crazily obsessive but we hope fun for you to explore. We’ve set ourselves the goal of celebrating 2,012 different people, places and things that are great, SOUTHERN ORIGINALS. We will trumpet them here from now until New Year’s Day, 2012. We are hereby designating 2012: THE YEAR OF SOUTHERN ORIGINALS.

The blog entries will be shorter but with each one we hope to provide a link where you can find out more. Like everything we do at Southernness, these are going to be fun, positive and distinctively Southern. So, starting here, starting now, y’all, in no particular order are:


1) The Drawl of Fame

2) Johnny Mercer, Savannah born songwriter of “That Old Black Magic,” “Moon River,” and hundreds of other classy, classic musical treasures

3) The outline of William Faulkner’s novel, “As I Lay Dying,” the Nobel-winning author penciled on the plaster walls of his home in Oxford, Mississippi

4) Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

5) Turducken, yessiree, a turkey stuffed with a duck that’s been stuffed with a chicken. Famed, Louisiana chef, Paul Prudhomme’s exquisite culinary gift that keeps on giving. Here’s a CNN exclusive on Turducken with Anderson Cooper and Chef Paul

6) Toe-Dipping christenings at Southern lakes

7) Lazy Susan tabletops, one of many furniture innovations from The South. We especially like the ones made of native, Southern woods by Lee Chesson, a master woodworking native of Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Y’all Be Y’all,

Ben South at Southernness


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