Welcome to the Joe Bageant Archive

19 November 2016

Update 20 November: I just discovered joebageant.net, so I suppose it kinda makes this site redundant, although who knows, the new site might go down as well (one of the drawbacks of online publishing), so more is better.

It replaces the joebageant.com site but it’s a pity that Kevin Smith, who published the defunct site and is responsible for the new one, doesn’t let people know who visit the old site (like me) that there is a new one!

Joe was an extraordinary writer and ever since I came across his essays back in 2005, I have been collecting them right up until his death, we even met up and hung out together when he was promoting his first book, ‘Deer hunting with Jesus’ in 2007, here in London.

But when I found out that his website was down I decided to extract all the essays from my own site and republish them here (65 in all) and I am sure there are others floating around the Web.

He is sorely missed in our (even more) bizarre times.

Another source aside from my site is Tony Sutton’s Coldtype where some are available as PDF downloads at http://www.coldtype.net/joe.html

On Remembering Joe Bageant

19 November 2016

Now that I’ve copied all his essays over to this site dedicated to his work,  there’s no need to find them on my site, but they’re still there.

I’ve been doing some housework on the site and I’ve noticed that Joe Bageant’s Website seems not to be available which is a real shame. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Joe when he came to London promoting his first book, ‘Dear hunting with Jesus…” and we had a jolly time and polished off a bottle of Jack and talked of many things. I still miss him. In any case, I have tried to consolidate all the essays I’ve published by Joe over the years and it currently totals 65. There maybe a couple more lurking around somewhere that I’ve missed. You can access them all here:

http://williambowles.info/?s=&cat=19914

And if you’ve not read Joe’s writing before, now’s your chance.

Bill

Lonzy Barker Is Missing By Joe Bageant

20 May 2013 — Joe Bageant.net

See the introduction to this series of posts: Writing on Things Southern and Past

Lonzy Barker is missing. Has been for several months now. Nobody noticed it until that smelly old hermit didn’t show up here at Dalton Bayles’ post office store for his sardines and rock candy. “He could be layin’ over there in his pigpen dead or something,” says Dalton. Did I tell you, dear reader, that Lonzy Barker lives in a pigpen? Always has. Anyway, after three months of Lonzy’s government checks piling up in the pigeonhole, Dalton has decided Lonzy “just might be — I ain’t saying he is and I ain’t saying he ain’t — missing.”

Queen of the Skies By Joe Bageant

7 May 2013 — Joe Bageant.net

See the introduction to this series of posts: Writing on Things Southern and Past

As I drove through the decaying neighborhood in Winchester, Virginia the pain of growing up there came back — the stabbing kind that only lasts a second but makes you flinch as you remember some small but stupid and brutal moment of adolescence. I have never known if everyone has them, but I’ve always suspected they do. Now that old neighborhood slid by my rental car window looking like it was painted by Edward Hopper, then bleakly populated with gangstas, old men with forty-ounce malt liquor bottles, hard-working single moms and kids on cheap busted plastic tricycles.

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Blood and Poppies By Joe Bageant

27 April, 2013 — Joe Bageant.net

My family’s ancestral home on Shanghai Road, a great sagging clapboard thing perched on a hill with its many filigreed balconies and porches like heisted antebellum petticoats, sat perched on a hill at the base of Sleepy Creek Mountain. Gnawed by the elements on the outside and woodsmoked by a thousand griddlecake mornings on the inside, where children ran the stairways and mice ran the cellars, my grandparent’s house was stuffed and running over with life itself.

Book with Joe Bageant’s best essays now available

4 March 2012 — Joe Bageant.net

For those who prefer a real book rather than reading on a computer screen, a book with 25 of Joe Bageant‘s best essays is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball: The Best of Joe Bageant will be available for distribution in the USA April 1. This book was first published last November in Australia by Scribe.

Before he died one year ago, Joe and I had talked about such a book, even though he initially had doubts that people would pay for something that’s available for free on the web. But, many emails from his readers convinced Joe that enough people wanted the essays in book form to make the project worthwhile. After Joe died, Henry Rosenbloom, Joe’s friend and Australian publisher, asked me to select and edit essays for the book.