"More than anything else, he is a consummate political and curtural articulation of the South, where life is simply more glandular than it is in the rest of the nation. Southerners temd to belong and believe through blood and weather and common earth and common enemy and common travail, rather than belonging, believing, cerebrally [....] Any politician like Eugene McCarthy, with his diaphonous abstractions, would be impossible in the South. The region is ruled by humid passion, and a fine old-fashioned sense of sin. There is a lingering romance of violence, a congenital love of quick and final physical showdowns. Not just the filling-station attendants, the cabdrivers and deputy sheriffs and beauticians and tabernacle evangelists, but also Rotarians, bankers, teachers, the urbanites of Atlanta and Charlotte, stockbrokers and reporters who have moved away to the cities of the North—virtually all those born in the South have about them, to a certain degree, that air of an immediate and casual familiarity with violence, a quality of loosely leashed readiness for mayhem. Even those Southerners who come from large cities—although, say, having martinis in some expensive New York restaurant, surrounded by Continental waiters and chandeliers—seem to have emerged from another dimension where the days are fevered and dreaming with honeysuckle and wisteria, from a different and more passionate play of life, a slow, sensuous, easy, lyrical, savage marriage of man and earth. They carry with them the sense of another landscape—primeval mountains, scruffy pine hills populated with mules and moonshiners, cottonland as level and limitless as the sea, fierce skies—a land where winters are only a dull and sullen hiatus with a pale ghost of a sun passing through vague chill rains."
In addition to this picture being totally irrelevant to the matter of this post, I--frankly--don't have any idea what it is. But Vimala sent it to me, so it's clearly important. Maybe an allegory? Code? A social aphrodisiac? Special prize for the first one to identify the super-smooth and solitary subject.