"The Road to Pickletown" is the work of William Jeanes, a former editor-in-chief and publisher of Car and Driver magazine who lives in Mississippi. But it contains only a few columns on automotive topics. Most pieces are from the Northside Sun, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, and speak of today's south and the south of times past. Most have an element of humor, but none shy from controversy. Sections include Life In Mississippi, History and Nostalgia, Travel and Leisure, Commentary, and People. Several pieces were written for a national audience and appeared in magazines such as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post, and Car and Driver. The national-magazine subjects include the joys of driving at night, wartime baseball, the woman who struck out Babe Ruth, the Safari Rally in Kenya, shooting sporting clays, and Elvis Presley as a television critic.