Southern-raised humorist Roy Blount Jr. took the midnight train out of Georgia a long time ago, to make a life well north of the Mason-Dixon line.
But you cannot take the South out of the Southern boy, and definitely not out of Blount's lifetime of humorous essays and exasperation over America's North-South incomprehension.
In a new collection, he's hunting snakes, meeting Ray Charles, confronting his whiteness, considering the Rapture, and looking always for the nation's overlap between North and South.
This hour On Point: Roy Blount Jr. on the North, South, and in-between.
Roy Blount, Jr., author of the new book "Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South."
This program aired on June 12, 2007.