Sunday, April 2, 2023


In fairness, it has been a minute since the Podcast S-TOWN dropped back in 2017. So you could be forgiven for not being familiar with it.
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A brief synapsis, courtesy of Wikipedia -

In 2012, horologist John B. McLemore[3] sent an email to the staff of the show This American Life asking them to investigate an alleged murder in his hometown of Woodstock, Alabama, a place he claimed to despise. After a year of exchanging emails and several months of conversation with McLemore, producer Brian Reed traveled to Woodstock to investigate.[4]  He investigated the crime and eventually found that no such murder took place, though he struck up a friendship with McLemore, a "depressed but colorful" character. He recorded conversations with McLemore and other people in Woodstock, which are played on the podcast.

McLemore killed himself by drinking potassium cyanide on June 22, 2015,[5] while the podcast was still in production. In the narrative of the podcast, this occurs at the end of the second episode, and subsequent episodes deal with the fallout from McLemore's death while exploring more of McLemore's life and character. Though the podcast was promoted under the name S-Town, Reed reveals in the first episode that this is a euphemism for "Shit-Town", McLemore's derogatory term for Woodstock.[1] Reed generally refers to the podcast by the non-euphemized name in the episodes themselves.

My wife Wendy and I binged the whole thing in a few weekends. And the one thing that I remembered at the time was that Mr. McLemore was a clock maker. But what the podcast does not reveal is the extent of work he had done. 
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Enter Philip E. Morris Jr., and William R. Tatum. Their upcoming book, S - TOWN EXQUISITE CLOCKS offers a rare look into the life's work of a man who was as much a mystery in life as remains in death.
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The book is available through the NAWCC and is scheduled to ship later this month. It is priced at $39.95 and you can order here -

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