“Do Now”: Please tear yourself away from your computer, make your way to the nearest bookstore, and pick up the current issue of Oxford American (http://www.oxfordamericanmag.com/index.cfm). It’s a magazine that features writing from and about the South.
You will physically need to get your butt to Borders because, tragically, the article I want you to read does not appear on the publication’s website — but I promise you the effort will be worth it. Once you’ve gotten your hands on a copy, you’ll need to flip to the article called “A Perfect Test,” by Michael Copperman. Don’t let go of it until you’ve finished reading it.
I would explain further, but the piece will speak for itself. Just go to the bookstore.