Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Hillbilly Savants Blog

While we don't make a habit out of linking to just any blog out there that throws us a nod, I believe I can safely say that if you like our little Maysville Kentucky Blog, then you'll thoroughly enjoy the Hillbilly Savants. Their description says it all:
This blog is about our Appalachia - the real one, not the Hollywood-stereotype nor the third-world nation-esque stereotype being sold by do-gooders, or even the neo-Romantic sylvan stereotype that Rousseau would probably buy into. It should be interesting.

Stereotypes are great in the purpose that they serve. They give us a way of packaging up all the things we know nothing about so that we can reduce them down to a single image, and then neatly dismiss them. I don't feel the need to hang out with Eskimos because I'm reasonably sure that I don't want to live in an igloo or eat frozen fish, that sort of thing. The Hillbilly Savant reminds those who take notice -- and I encourage everyone to take notice -- that people in Appalachia are not so neatly defined. We might be hillbillies in some ways, but we can still add 2 + 2. If we can't, we sure as hell know how to work a calculator : ) Anywho... there's countless reasons to proudly shout out from the Appalachian region to the rest of the world, and that's what the Hillbilly Savant reminds us. Plus they link off to a boat load of other regional blogs, so there's definitely something for everyone.

Check them out: The Hillbilly Savants

posted at 12:41 PM by Jeremy Parnell