Inquiring Minds

Paul Thorn Wonders What The Hell Is Going On?

Paul Thorn is in Nettleton, Miss., standing in his front yard watching his 8-year old daughter bounce on the trampoline while he takes yet another interview call. Asked if another time would be better, he demurs.

"No, no, no, this is great," drawls Thorn. "I understand and my family understands that the press is something that helps us make a living. So I always want to talk to writers."

Thorn, who also paints in the Southern folk-art style, has just come back from visiting a couple of yard sales.

"You like yard sales?" he asks. "I think I'm going to go back to one after I talk to you. They had a pristine, unopened can of Muhammad Ali shoe polish. It had a bunch of his heroes listed on the back. I think I'm going to go back and buy it. It's only $10."

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