EAT: In Florida, we eat gator on Thanksgiving…

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“In Florida, we eat gator on Thanksgiving…and we put Tabasco on everything. Well now, we’ve got the pit dug out behind the FSU English building, in prep to roast this year’s gator catch. On Tuesday, all the orange grove children get a pocket knife, and whoever comes home first with a full grown alligator wins, and that’s the gator we roast. Whoever doesn’t come back, doesn’t win! Sometimes the other children get eaten by the alligators, but that’s okay, it’s just nature’s way. We have very tough children in Florida, and plenty more where that came from.”
The folks at the Southeast Review got jokes. I think…?

Florida is one of those states – like Texas, Kentucky and even Virginia – that folks will get into a knock down drag out battle about whether or not it’s “The South.” But, makes no difference. It’s like what Jimmy Lerner wrote in his prison memoir You Got Nothing Coming: “I don’t care if he’s telling me the truth or not as long a he can bring a colorful narrative to the table.”

So with Thanksgiving fast approaching, a little Florida flava’s been stirred into the Southernist pot. Eat up!

The Southeast Review, established in 1979 as Sundog, is a national literary magazine housed in the English department at Florida State University and is edited and managed by its graduate students and a faculty consulting editor. The mission of The Southeast Review is to present emerging writers on the same stage as well-established ones. In each semi-annual issue, they publish literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews, book reviews, and art. With nearly sixty members on its editorial staff who hail from throughout the country and the world, SER strives to publish work that is representative of its staff’s diverse interests and aesthetics, and it celebrates the eclectic mix this produces.

One thought on “EAT: In Florida, we eat gator on Thanksgiving…

  1. Aw, shoot! Thanks for the feature! Sorry it took us this long to check up on it.By the by, it was little Betty Ann Leftknuckle who bagged this year’s gator. We all ate well on Thanksgiving, although there was a knock-down brawl over who prepared the best pie: Elizabeth Stuckey-French’s traditional apple, Barbara Hamby’s key lime, or Diane Roberts’ orange meringue whiskey surprise.

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