Cochon Delayed April 8, 2011Posted by Mark Folse in 504, books, literature, Toulouse Street.
Tags: Mystic Pig, Richard Katrovas
So my “Last Book I Loved” piece on Mystic Pig;Mystic Pig finally ran at The Rumpus and I couldn’t be more pleased. It took me almost year after The Rumpus started the feature to get around to writing it and when I finally did, I had to go back and forth with the editor explaining that starting a Fan Page on Facebook didn’t amount to a relationship withe author or the publisher. I put up the Facebook page for the same reason I wrote the piece: I love this book, and want the world to read it.
Someone please get that 1970s Coke jingle out of my head.
Seriously, this book belongs in the New Orleans Canon alongside Confederacy, The Moviegoer and Streetcar Names Desire. If you take issue with that in the comments be warned I’m liable to show up at your doorstep with my loaner copy because it’s so damned obscure I’m sure you haven’t read it. It vanished pretty quickly after its first publication, although Richard Katrovas went on to publish other books of autobiography and poetry.
From The Rumpus:
It is a novel, not a cookbook, but my sister the full-on foodie insists that the recipes all look workable, and what could be more perfect than a story about New Orleans that incidentally teaches you how to make white chocolate bread pudding and jambalaya?
It’s difficult to improve on the original publisher’s description– “This is a novel about sex and sexuality and race and madness and violence and fine dining. Not necessarily in that order”—but I’ll try.
It’s not in local bookstores because it has no U.S. distributor, but it is on Mystic Pig Amazon. When I got mine I had to by it from the publisher in England and pay the exchange rate plus extra shipping. You can get yours for $15 bucks and the usual freight, so don’t wait.