Lucinda, Louisiana, and Lists

Painting of singer Lucinda Williams with books floating in the air around her

Writing in The Bitter Southerner, Wyatt Williams reads Lucinda Williams' memoir but doesn't get to talk to her about it and instead contemplates the limitations of memory, the relationships between parents and children, the complexities of the American South in general and of Louisiana in particular, on the nature of songs that are lists of resonant images or place names, and on whatever it is that Lucinda Williams does for and about and because of all of these things.