Suttree in Knoxville

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  • 03 May 2012 at 9:08 pm #1116

    wesmorgan
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    Jack Neely has some news this week about Suttree developments in Knoxville in his “Secret History” column in Metro Pulse.

    One sentence makes the whole article worth the read: “Suttree is a literary colonoscopy, an unblinking investigation of Knoxville’s nether regions.” I wish that I had said that.


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    04 May 2012 at 5:37 am #1117

    Dowdy
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    Love it. Thanks Wes. Have you had a drink in Suttree’s yet?


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    04 May 2012 at 5:39 am #1118

    Dowdy
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    Oh, would you look at that – my avatar has decided to make an appearance. I had given up hope after fiddling to no avail with that gravatar business a while back.


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    04 May 2012 at 11:26 am #1121

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    I just heard at breakfast this morning that Suttree’s has finally opened. I have not been there yet, but it will not take me too long to get there. Too bad that they will not be serving Red Top.


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    28 May 2012 at 7:47 am #1360

    wesmorgan
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    It seems as if there is finally some action with respect to Suttree Landing along the waterfront in South Knoxville. In an article today in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Gerald Witt writes, “The beginnings of Sutree Park date back to at least 2008. Like many of the South Knoxville waterfront design plans, it hasn’t been revisited lately. Rogero [Knoxville's new mayor], however, has said that development there is one of her priorities. That’s how Sutree Park’s plan got dusted off.”

    So get a couple of ’46 or ’48 Ford hoods welded together and come on down and launch your craft this summer. It looks like you will have an appropriate place to do it.


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    21 Jun 2012 at 7:06 am #1608

    wesmorgan
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    Perhaps Sut or whoever had the keys was out tossing down a excessive number of Red Caps the other evening. Anyway, somebody didn’t show up to open the gate for the grand opening of Suttree Landing yesterday. See the story by Gerald Witt in today’s Knoxville News Sentinel.


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    24 Jun 2012 at 12:52 pm #1632

    wesmorgan
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    Fred Brown, a semi-retired reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel, has a short article in today’s paper: ‘Suttree’ painted a not-so-pretty picture of Knoxville in the ’50s. The article is part of a special issue dealing with Knoxville in the decade of the 1950s which in turn is part of a series celebrating the paper’s 125th anniversary.


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    24 Jun 2012 at 2:56 pm #1633

    Ken
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    From the Knoxville News Sentinel article:

    Wesley G. Morgan, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee, has had an interest in McCarthy since the earliest novels. He’s writing a book on McCarthy’s stories located in East Tennessee.

    He thinks “Suttree,” is more than a reflection of Knoxville in the 1950s. It is actually set in Knoxville from 1950-55, says Morgan.

    “I read it as a kind of prose poem love story for Knoxville, despite its warts and ugliness of that time,” says Morgan. “And also the book is kind of a reminiscence of growing up, or being a young adult in that time.

    “I also think Cormac had a pretty warm feeling for Knoxville, despite all the violence (the book) it portrays.”

    When could we expect to see your book on McCarthy’s Southeastern works?


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    26 Jun 2012 at 2:39 pm #1640

    Glass
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    Harrogate, the man said.
    Yessir.
    He looked him over. Goddamn if you aint a sadsack, he said. (36, my bold)

    I recall that a couple of McCarthy scholars (Chip Arnold and Wes Morgan come to mind) have noted McCarthy’s interest in comic books and the possibility that he alludes to these in some of the books (sorry, I can’t cite any examples at the moment).

    While reading the bit about sadsack in the passage wherein Harrogate is being processed into the workhouse to commence his 11/29 sentence, I couldn’t help but recall a comic book called Sad Sack that I read as a callow youth in the late ’60s/early ’70s and wondered if McCarthy was familiar with this comic book/comic strip figure.

    The title, according to Wikipedia, “was a euphemistic shortening of the military slang ‘Sad sack of shit,’ common during WW II.”

    How perfect a descriptor is that for Harrogate as it not only aptly brings his propensity to mess things up to the fore but it also metaphorically ties him to excrement, thus nicely anticipating his encounter with the sewer in his subterranean adventure later in the novel.

    Link to Sad Sack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sad_Sack


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    29 Jun 2012 at 2:39 pm #1664

    wesmorgan
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    Dowdy asked about Suttree’s Tavern in Knoxville upthread, and Peter Josyph just sent me the following article by Nina Martyris this morning: “Literary Tourism: At Suttree’s High Gravity Beer Tavern”.

    I wish I could write like that.


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