April 16, 2018

Hey, check out this 1988 TV segment on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men


Hey, check out this 1988 TV segment on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the 1941 work on tenant cotton farmers that made James Agee a household name. Readings from Agee’s work over Walker Evans’s photography are interspersed with recollections from folks who were there to meet the pair when they hit town. Agee thought churning milk was hilarious, and cut up the locals by calling it “makin’ butter.” It’s amazing:

If you’ve got Agee fever, check out his Letters to Father Flye, and then check out Cotton Tenants, our edition of the masterful, 30,000-word story Agee originally wrote for Fortune — which the magazine promptly rejected, and which would, in time, become Famous Men.