John Shelton Reed

John Shelton Reed
John Shelton Reed lives in Chatham county, North Carolina. He has written a score of books, innumerable articles, and a few country songs, mostly about the South one way or another. For some years he taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he helped to found UNC's Center for the Study of the American South and was co-founder of the quarterly Southern Cultures. He has been Chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is co-founder and Éminence Grease of the Campaign for Real Barbecue ( He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.

Recent Essays

An Anglophile Confesses

Back in May, 2005 – on May 4, to be precise – my wife and I were invited to the 59th annual Boat...

“Southern Conservatism”: The View from Brooklyn

The James Madison Program at Princeton often provides an unexpected breath of common-sensical fresh air in the academic fever-swamps.  Last March it held...

A Tale of Three Restaurants

I prefer the waiter at Galatoire’s who told us to avoid the trout because it wasn’t very good that day. That’s useful information. But it’s simply impossible to imagine a waiter at this other place telling you to avoid the Tasmanian King Salmon.