In North Carolina: Beware of Falling Cows

Joseph Mitchell, a North Carolinian, once wrote a story called Hit on the Head with a Cow. The story was not so much about being hit on the head with a cow—although he had as a boy been felled by a beef that slipped its hoist as he prepared to skin it—but rather it was about the disoriented, pleasantly confused sensation that a knockdown blow begets, the same sort of crackbrained feeling that certain cranks, eccentrics, free spirits, if you will, can induce in any listener who truly tries to follow. Listening to Bob...

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