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Roy Blount, Jr.

Roy Blount Jr.’s latest book (his 23rd, to be exact) is Alphabetter Juice: The Joy of Text. Blount has contributed to many magazines, currently writes a column for Garden and Gun, and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Find out more at

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

My ten things I can’t live without are all the same as [Lee Smith’s] except for pedicures and Hal. Nothing against Hal, I would like to see more of him. I’ve never had a pedicure, and it’s too late now.