Residents are mostly happy with their shit town featured in an explosively popular new podcast, but there are some minor details theyd like to clear up
The Green Pond Grocery serves as a sort of central agora for Woodstock, Alabama. Its where people come to pick up lunch plates, cigarettes and the latest news.
This week the news has focused on S-Town, an explosively popular new podcast set in Woodstock. It made the tiny town famous overnight, in the most literal sense.
Its like a cool novel, with a twist, Amy Hardin told a half-dozen people, who stood in a cluster to hear her report. She works the grocery cash register and hears all. Some in her audience knew the podcast, some didnt. Its also just the ramblings of John Bs mind, she said.
The series purports to feature a murder mystery and a treasure hunt. But underneath it is a finely drawn portrait of an eccentric resident named John B McLemore.
It was downloaded ten million times in just a few hours and has been largely praised by listeners.
In some coastal journalistic circles, producer Brian Reed stands accused of exploiting McLemore and other residents of Woodstock, like Gulliver descended among the Yahoos.
But if you come here, to Woodstock, youll hear people laugh at the idea: John B McLemore was a nut, they say, but he probably had a sharper mind than any of the shows producers. He knew what he was about.
What does bother people here is not the portrait of them as a violent, sadomasochistic, racist, feral people.
Seemed like a pretty accurate portrayal, said Woodstockian Clark Alexander, as he came in to pay for gas at the grocery.
No, its things like Reeds geographical looseness when it comes to differentiating among the towns of Bibb County. Nobody here wants to be confused with the philistines who populate Centreville or Bessemer.