"Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe" by Kendrick Lamar vs. "Melthru" by Clams Casino
Sequenced this at #6 on TBD: The Mixtape Part 2 :)
Here the prairie starts its westward sweep…
—Indiana, A Guide To the Hoosier State (WPA, 1941)
…The “This Way” sign is located right outside the town of Maukport, Indiana. Maukport is a small town (population 81) only a stone’s throw from the Ohio River. I spoke at length with the owner of the Riverbottom Inn, a local dive, and she said most of the people in the town were forced out when it flooded around a decade ago.
…The truck on the road is near Starlight, Indiana, my mother’s hometown. Starlight is built on a network of hills and the only way to get to any part of the town is to drive up them.
…The woman sitting in the pew is attending a 8:00am service at St. John the Baptist Church in Starlight, Indiana.
…”Jack’s” is a pool hall located in New Albany, Kentucky. It’s one of the only bars left in town where you can still smoke. Believe me when I say that people that play there are serious about pool.
…The woman reading the paper is sitting in a public library in Corydon, Indiana.
…The man in the stables is a traveling blacksmith. He had arrived to reattach a horse shoe to a race horse on a farm in Borden, Indiana.
…The sprinkler in the yard was in a small suburb of Salem Indiana, just before dusk.
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Guide to the Midwest Tom Hoying is a documentary photographer and photo illustrator living and working in Columbus, OH. He spends his free time traveling across the midwest working on long term documentary photo projects. You can view more of his work on his website, tomhoying.com and his tumblr, tomhoying.tumblr.com.