Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Surreal Juxtaposition: Garden and Gun Magazine

Kym Pokorny, for the Oregonian, makes it clear in her article Mix of gardens and guns is, well, just wrong she isn't against guns, exactly, but finds the combination of guns and gardens bizarre. I concur.
It feels surreal to peruse the magazine's Web site. The "About Us" section says, "Garden & Gun" is a Southern lifestyle magazine that's all about the magic of the new South – the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people, and the ideas. It espouses a strong conservation ethic that grows out of its connection to the land, and it reveals the beauty of the South."

Well, hmmm. I guess the gun part comes with the sporting culture. I can't really see bloody carcasses as part of the beauty of anything, but, then, that's me. And I don't really think they run photos of any dead things.
The mix of stories is weird: a guy in Atlanta who grows 43 different varieties of boxwood; letting your wife choose your "hard-core gun dog" (that's wrong on so many levels); farmers and environmentalists joining forces to bring back the bison; a company that rebuilds shotguns.

More here.

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