My oral history of the filming of Deliverance is coming out in the September issue of Atlanta magazine. In the process of reporting it, I spoke with Burt Reynolds (hirsute star), John Boorman (short-fused English director), and Billy Redden. Redden played Lonnie, the somewhat deranged looking banjo savant. Turns out, he doesn’t know how to play the banjo and he’s not daffy. Today, Redden works at Walmart in Clayton, Georgia. Here he is, below, on a break from pushing carts around. For more on him and the rest of the crew, and how they made one of the great southern films of all time, buy the issue.
- I've written cover stories, investigative features, profiles, essays and squibs for Outside, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Rolling Stone, Grantland, and The Atlantic. I've reported from a Finnish sauna, the highest mountain in Mexico and a south Georgia correctional facility on Valentine's Day. I've won a handful of fancy awards. Atlanta is home.
"Race, Actvisism and Hillary Clinton at Wellesley," The New Yorker | link
"Busted," The New Yorker | link
"Golden State and the Mathematical Magic of 73," The New Yorker | link
"The Many Lives of Aubrey Lee Price," Atlanta Magazine | link
"Young Man In A Hurry," Outside Magazine | link
"He Ran These Streets," Runner's World Magazine | link
"Fair Chase," Outside Magazine | .pdf
"Final Exit," Atlanta Magazine | .pdf "The Chewing Sound and the Fury," The New Republic Magazine | link
"Obama's In-Box," The New Yorker Magazine | link | .pdf
"Above it All," Backpacker Magazine | .pdf