My journal entries from my visit are a complete mess because in I know in my mind at the time it seemed to me to be a place that perfectly put its pulse on all of what I love about America and much of what is wrong with it;

felt a little like a Djuna Barnes mix tape in that the seemingly different pieces come together slowly until it all makes sense (well for me - I don’t know if that really makes sense);  

a religiosity steeped in a man’s unwavering conviction in his own beliefs informed in some ways by his attitude toward our culture, politics, personalities perhaps.  I’m not sure that’s right.  I still don’t know what to think about it all, other than it was strange and beautiful and how it’s important to take the convictions of others seriously, even if they aren’t in line with my own (or infringe on them).  

Editor’s note: Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden is located at 200 North Lewis Street in Summerville, Georgia. Open Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm.

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Jon Creamer is a teacher and photographer, currently on sabbatical from the Groton School in Groton, MA, based in Providence, RI between his travels. More of his work can be seen at his website and on tumblr at



i’m not actually a very good person to recommend radiohead to other people because rather than important popular songs and videos where they performed really well i’m like “this song was a bside to an album you don’t know yet, there are probably better ones on the album but THIS ONE YOU GET TO TURN UP REALLY LOUD RIGHT HERE” and “the sound quality is really terrible on this video but if you watch thom falls off his drum stool/headbutts the microphone/zombie staggers across the stage. look at that nerd”

these are the kind of radiohead recommendations the world needs