So Here’s the Deal

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Hello Friends,

Some of you may be wondering, “So, what exactly is this thing I just stumbled upon?” Much of it is still a work in progress, but here’s what we’ve got so far:

Zelda & Scout is a blog about home. It’s about being from the South and moving to New York. It’s about figuring out where you’re from and where you want to be, and how you reconcile the two. These are big questions, and we can’t find the answers all on our own. So what are we going to do?

We’re going to talk to you. Starting August 18th, every Monday, we will have a profile on some of the folks whose current mailing address is in the New York metropolis, but who do or at some point did call the South home. We’ll find out a little bit about who these people are, what brought them to New York and what keeps them here. We want to hear the crazy stories, the people who assume you’re a cowgirl or a farmer or that you secretly harbor feelings for your cousin. If you’ve got deep thoughts or existential dilemmas, we want to hear those, too. Preferably over a glass of bourbon.

We’re going to share our faves with you. From food to music to books and everything in between, we want to showcase the best of the South and the best of New York, and especially things that bridge the gap in between. From playlists to beer reviews to profiles on badass Southern ladies, we want to write about the things that make these two places great, or not so great — the flavor in this big ole crazy gumbo.

We’re going to get a little introspective. There may be some stuff about our personal lives. There may be some thoughts on the cultural landscape, regional vs. national identity, and the really freaking weird process of figuring out where home is. There may be some poetic waxing about air conditioning. We shall see.

If you have any thoughts or questions, things you’d like to see us write about, people you think we should interview, or if you just want to shoot the breeze about something on your mind, give us a shout! We welcome facebook messages, emails (zeldaandscout@gmail.com), and carrier pigeons. Just give us some warning about the last one: Nobody wants squashed pigeon on their window.

Thanks for listening y’all. Talk to you soon.

Love,

Z&S

A Beginning

Zelda & Scout started on a Post-It. It started in an iPhone note, at a music festival on the banks of the Ohio, in a swimming pool, and on a subway ride to Brooklyn. It started in text messages and long springtime walks and late night conversations. It started over bourbon and barbecue, cookies and beer.

Jennifer Harlan and Kelsey Goldman have known each other since the 6th grade. They both found themselves in New York after college, although they took different routes to get here. As the months dragged on, they found themselves missing their old Kentucky home, struggling to explain their heritage to the new people they met, trying to reconcile the place they call home with the place they live, and questioning whether this big, cold, intimidating, thrilling city was really the place for them. Those questions became a conversation, which became scribbled pages in a Moleskine, which became this blog.

If you lived in almost any other country in the world and moved the distance it takes to get from the South to the Northeast, you would be in a different country. An ex-pat. Yet in America, with its vast expanses, your new home is just another piece of good ole U.S.A. This country of ours is full of vastly different geographic and socio-economic and cultural landscapes, and yet we smush this patchwork together and call it monochrome. Zelda & Scout confronts this assumption. It investigates the idea of regional identity, the traditions and tastes and quirks that make a place tick. It explores the complicated concept of home, particularly for, dare we say it, millenials, who find themselves in a post-college, pre-”real world” limbo where nothing — who you are, what you want, where you plant your roots, if you have roots at all — is certain. Through interviews, reporting, and personal observation, it gathers a diverse range of perspectives, with the hopes at arriving at some semblance of an answer to these niggling questions that keep us up at night.

Where is home? Is it where you’re coming from, where you are, or where you might be going? Is it all of these and more? Will you ever find a place that checks all the boxes, or are we always going to be missing somewhere?

We don’t have the answers. We’re trying to figure it out. Bless your hearts for coming on this journey with us.