The Bitter Southerner was founded in 2013 as a digital magazine to “uncover the American South in all its truth and complexity — and in the process to break stereotypes about the region and its people.” Issue No. 1 is The Bitter Southerner’s first print magazine, published in March of 2021 and printed in the South. It includes an insightful interview with collaborator and photographer Rinne Allen and features photos from her travels in West Texas. Read stories, find recipes, and discover art throughout this captivating volume.
Hope Hilton is an artist, writer, and educator who lives (and creates) in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. We had the privilege of connecting with Hope through our shared friend, Rinne Allen, to carry a limited twenty-print edition of Walks. Originally published in 2017, Walks is “a meditation of sorts,” created by artist Hope Hilton. The ideas inside this book can inspire movement, participation, even stillness. In this special edition, Hope also shares individual “Walks for Alabama” written in homemade ink on cotton paper. Musings tucked into each book are one of a kind, as part of our Permission to Wander collection.
Our Permission to Wander collaborator Rinne Allen often finds herself outdoors, where she has captured some of her most breathtaking photos and light drawings. This Cotman Watercolor Field Box from Winsor & Newton offers the freedom to paint flowers, animals, or landscapes in a natural environment. The lightweight, compact design fits perfectly into a pocket or backpack and holds everything an artist needs for working in the field. Cotman Watercolors use fine art pigments, deliver consistent transparent color, and are lightfast and permanent.
The kraft paper covers of this Moleskine journal are hand-painted with a layered foliage motif, inspired by our Permission to Wander collaboration with Rinne Allen. This slim journal contains 64 lined pages, ideal for jotting down thoughts, sketches, and keeping notes. The silence of nature encourages reflection; tuck this journal into your satchel before taking a quiet walk.
Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit’s life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.
The soft, unstructured Flannel Tote is made from durable organic cotton and features a woven strap that can be worn over the shoulder or across the body. A hand-finished Alabama Chanin label adorns the front of each tote. This oversized bag will hold books, sewing projects, or clothes for a weekend away.