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Montgomery, Alabama’s nickname locally is “The Gump,” and its rhyming implications are not accidental. It’s the capitol of the state, sure, but it doesn’t have much going for it: neither the relative bustle of Birmingham, where I grew up, or the slow, swampy beaches of the coastline. But anyone in Montgomery will cite a succinct, convincing, one-word answer why it’s worth visiting: Hank. https://open.spotify.com/track/54G86fa3eaMsq2sxIUTcMT Technically there are three Hanks: Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr., and Hank...
Photos by Rachel Feierman Cyrus McGoldrick on Atlantic Avenue, in front of the Fertile Crescent Islamic Library (UPSTAIRS) and a Halal Grocery On the morning of 9/11, Hasiba Rashid was in class at the Al-Noor School in Greenwood Heights. She saw the Twin Towers collapse from her school’s second-story windows, ash and debris floating over the East River and landing in the yard and on the blacktop basketball court. The school closed early that day, Rashid recalls,...

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