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Voluptuous Southern Summer

Look at that. I was out at my father and mother’s place late this afternoon, in the heat and heavy wet air, picking figs. I saw this one on an inside branch, it’s side pierced by a mockingbird. The nectar dripping out wasn’t running like water. It hung there in the air, viscous and sweet and intensely fragrant. This is summer in the Deep South.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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