In this month’s Smithsonian, memorist Rick Bragg explains why he likes living in Fairhope, Alabama.
I went to the Alabama coast, to the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, to find a more forgiving soil, a shiftless kind that tides and waves just push around.
I found it in a town called Fairhope.
I never thought much about it, the name, till I saw the brown sand swirling around my feet under the amber-colored water ten years ago. A swarm of black minnows raced away, and when I was younger I might have scooped one up. This is an easy place, I remember thinking, a place where you can rearrange the earth with a single toe and the water will make it smooth again. – from “Fairhope, Alabama’s Southern Comfort, by Rick Bragg, Smithsonian