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"Thompson's casual anecdotes and observations unravel the South's contradictory historical layers but also chart the impact of more recent economic and demographic shifts on the region. The New Mind of the South is a clear-eyed, deeply considered look at the evolution of a part of the country that, more than a century after the end of the Civil War, continues to remain something of a foreign entity to rest of the nation."
"Tracy Thompson has an uncanny ability to get at the experiential reality of depression."
"In that resilient genre, the autobiography of melancholy, we hope for courage, honesty and the texture of the particular. Tracy Thompson supplies all in generous measure."
THE DAILY BEAST
THE NOONDAY DEMON
LISTENING TO PROZAC
These days I live and work in the Washington, DC area, but I was born and raised in Georgia. I graduated from Emory University in the late '70s with the idea of being the next literary sensation, but the need to earn some kind of paycheck brought me into newspaper journalism--which, as it turns out, was more fun. I spent roughly the first half of my reporting career at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, with a one-year interruption for a fellowship at Yale Law School, and the second half at the Washington Post.
This is the part where I recite all the notable stories I covered--but the real lesson of journalism is that 90 percent of that stuff is of no lasting importance, and the remaining
10 percent is hard to identify except in retrospect. Still, that last pre-Internet era of newspaper journalism was a terrific way to learn how to observe and write, often in the company of very interesting people. I miss it.
I spent the next phase of my career raising kids and writing books, developing expertise in psychiatric topics and Southern history. I also developed a side specialty in editing--everything from economic reports to academic texts.
These days I do a little bit of everything: researching, editing and writing. Most of my recent stuff is at a cool website called The Bitter Southerner.