Erin Hosier leaves town and contemplates favorite work retreats
I'm coming to you today from Memphis, TN. where I've been for the last five days meeting with the subject of an upcoming biography, taking some meetings, catching up on some delinquent reading. These are things that I do on the regular in my home base in NYC, but whenever I'm down south—in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina—everything takes on an otherworldly glow. I adopt the accent. I eat things that I don't even think are legal to eat back home—breakfast cooked in lard, coconut pie with meringue, Gus's Fried Chicken
with white bread and deep fried dill pickles. I drink bourbon at lunch. I talk shop over burgers at The Lamplighter
. Maybe it's my longstanding obsession with Gone With the Wind
, or the fact that I grew up around Civil War reenactors, or maybe I just love it when the waitress calls me "baby." Whatever the combination, I feel like I'm the best version of myself down here and I can get so much accomplished.
What's your favorite place to go and be inspired? What's your favorite change of scenery?