Roger Hodge

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Roger Hodge talks about his quarterly, The Oxford American, slow-smoked pig and the music of Louisiana. (5:34)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE EDITOR OF "THE OXFORD AMERICAN," A MAGAZINE THAT EXPLORES SOUTHERN CULTURE.

I BELIEVE IT COMES IN PRINT, ONLINE, OR DEEP FRIED.

PLEASE WELCOME ROGER HODGE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU FOR COMING ON.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: HAVE A SEAT.

YOU ARE THE EDITOR OF "THE OXFORD AMERICAN." HERE IS THE MAGAZINE RIGHT HERE.

IT'S CALLED THE NEW YORKER OF SOUTH.

>> I'VE HEARD THAT.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU HEARD THAT.

I SAID IT EARLIER IN THE SHOW SO YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD IT FROM ME.

[LAUGHTER]

WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE CALL IT THE NEW YORKER OF THE SOUTH.

WHAT IS IT THAT -- THE NEW YORKER IS HIGH FLORIDA LAWSUITENT.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHY.

THE NEW YORKER COMES EVERY WEEK AND PILES UP.

AND ACCORDING TO SOME PEOPLE NO ONE READS IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: HOW OFTEN DO YOU PUT OUT THIS THING?

>> QUARTERLY.

SO YOU HAVE TIME TO READ IT.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE TO WORK REALLY HARD TO LET IT PILE UP.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> EXACTLY.

EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: WHY IS IT CALLED "OXFORD AMERICAN"?

THAT SOUNDS ENGLISH TO ME.

>> IT DOES, BUT THERE'S A PLACE IN MISSISSIPPI CALLED OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI, AND THAT'S WHERE IT

WAS FOUNDED.

>> Stephen: FAULKNER, RIGHT?

>> FAWMER IN COUNTRY, RIGHT.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GOING FOR A FAWMER IN VIBE HERE?

DOES THE MAGAZINE COME WITH CLIFF NOTES BECAUSE --

>> WE CAN ARRANGE THAT.

>> Stephen: TOO MANY NAMES.

>> THERE ARE A LOT OF NAMES.

THE IDEA WAS TO EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE AND REALLY GET LOST NM SOUTHERN CULTURE.

>> Stephen: I'M A SOUTHERN BOY.

>> YOU ARE?

>> Stephen: I'M FROM CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

>> WHICH IS NORTH FROM WHERE WE SIT [AUDIENCE BOOS]

>> Stephen: SIR, ALL ROADS LEAD NORTH FROM CHARLESTON.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

>> DEL RIO, TEXAS.

>> Stephen: NO MEAN TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE BUT TEXAS IS A GREAT PLACE, BUT IF YOU ARE FROM THE

REAL SOUTH --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

-- TEXAS IS TEXAS.

ASK SOMEONE FROM TEXAS THEY'LL TELL YOU FROM TEXAS.

THEY'LL SAY I'M FROM TEXAS NOT THE SOUTH IT'S TRUE.

>> IT'S TRUE.

>> Stephen: IT IS TRUE.

I ACCEPT YOUR APOLOGY.

>> TEXAS IS UNIQUE AND MOST SOUTHERNERS WOULD LIKE TO EXPEL TEXAS FROM THE SOUTH.

I UNDERSTAND WHY BECAUSE TEXAS IS IN SOME WAYS THE MOST EXTREMELY SOUTHERN.

>> Stephen: IT'S TOO BIG OF A WEIGHT.

IT'S GOT TOO MUCH OF THE OWN FLAVOR THAT ISN'T THE SOUTH FLAVOR.

FOR INSTANCE, BEEF BARBECUE RIBS, ABOMB MINIMUMMATION.

>> A DEGREE.

IT HAS TO BE THE PIG.

>> Stephen: SLOW SMOKED PIG.

THANK GOD.

>> GOTTA BE THE PIG.

>> Stephen: WE'RE COOL WITH EACH OTHER.

>> AND EVEN BETTER IT WOULD BE A LOUISIANA PULLED PORK MADE INTO A PATTY AND SEARED.

THAT'S THE ULTRA.

>> Stephen: IT SHOULD BE PULLED PORK AND SERVED WITH A MUSTARD SAUCE LIKE S.C.

>> LIKE SOUTH CAROLINA, RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WE'LL FIGHT LATTER.

WE'LL STAB EACH OTHER.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: ONE OF REASONS I WANTED TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW IS BECAUSE YOU TALK TO PEOPLE

NOT FROM THE SOUTH AND THEY THINK EVERYBODY FROM THE SOUTH IS CHANGE CHANGE -- EVERYBODY IS

LIKE [SPEAKING QUICKLY IN SOUTHERN TWANG]

>> EXACTLY.

THAT'S IT.

>> Stephen: THERE'S SMART FOLK.

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL LITERATURE FROM THE SOUTH THAT I HAVE NEVER READ.

[LAUGHTER]

>> NOT JUST LITERATURE.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE PEOPLE MISSING BY THINKING THE SOUTH IS A BUNCH OF PIG FARMERS.

>> THERE ARE PIG FARMERS BUT IT'S ALSO A PLACE OF GREAT LITERATURE AND MUSIC.

THIS ISSUE IS DEDICATED TO THE MUSIC OF LOUISIANA WHICH IS SOME OF THE GREATEST IN THE UNION.

JAZZ WAS BORN IN THE SOUTH.

THE BLUES, HAD A BABY, IT'S NAME WAS ROCK 'N' ROLL.

IT WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE SOUTH.

>> Stephen: WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THE SOUTH THAT WAS SO DIFFERENT THAT ALLOWED FOR JAZZ AND BLUES

AND ROCK 'N' ROLL.

THERE WAS SOME PA CUELLAR INSTITUTION THAT MADE THAT POSSIBLE.

>> YES.

AND OUT AFTER THIS TRAGEDY IS SLAVERY WE HAVE GIVEN -- WE HAVE RECEIVED THE GIFT GREAT CULTURE.

BECAUSE THE FUSION OF BRITISH CULTURE WITH THE AFRICAN CULTURE WITH THE SPANISH AND THE FRENCH

IT COMES TOGETHER IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH.

>> Stephen: THERE'S A CD THAT COMES WITH THIS ISSUE AND YOU CAN PUT THE HEADPHONES ON, PUT

THIS IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE AND YOU CAN IMAGINE YOU ARE IN LOUISIANA WITH THE OXFORD AMERICAN.

>> YOU MIGHT, YEAH ESPECIALLY IF YOU PUT ON MARDI GRAS BEADS.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS, BY THE WAY.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, HAPPY MARDI GRAS.

SHOW ME YOUR TITS.

[LAUGHTER]

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

EDITOR OF "THE OXFORD AMERICAN," ROGER HODGE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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