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Odd Words April 15, 2010

Posted by The Typist in books, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.

I’ve been so busy between work and blogging Treme that I don’t have a clever lead in this week, so here’s a suggestion. Go read some of the websites I do where I find some of this stuff. My recommendations:

  • The Rumpus.net, a crazy romp through literary culture by people who might be mistaken for hipsters, except that they are actually creative. And snarky. If Jeffrey reads this blog the combination of clever snark and hip may cause his head to explode. Just warning you, brother.
  • LitDrift, where the banner at the top offers Zombie Romeo waxing hungry over Juliet’s brains. They really do a lot of my heavy lifting in terms of finding stuff to put at the top here. And there’s Free Book Fridays.
  • And then there is the slightly more Manhattan classy Maud Newtown</li
  • Finally, there is fascinating HTMLGIANT, prefect for all you visual thinkers as they post a lot of interesting literary videos and graphics. Example. God, I love maps.

§ This is the last weekend for Cripple Creek Theatre’s production of Jules Feiffer’s Little Murders, April 16, 17 (Friday and Saturday) at 8pm
At the Marigny Theatre / AllWays Lounge and Theatre 2240 St. Claude. To rip-and-read their excellent email notice: ” Think of Neil Simon in his Barefoot in the Park/The Prisoner of Second Avenue period on mescaline. Or Edward Albee crossed with a Warner Brothers cartoon.” I love the film version so well when I tried to watch it with my son he had to shush me from reciting along, which is (I know) a terribly annoying habit and I promise I won’t do that in the theatre.

§ I mentioned Treme and I think something of this epic scope and quality this qualifies as a literary event, so get yourself over to Back of Town blog where I and a half dozen other partisans of New Orleans and video auteur David Simon are sharing our thoughts. (I’m under my old blog name, “wet bank guy”.

§ The feature at 17 Poets will be Moose Jackson, whom I just wrote up the other day about one or two posts down. He is one of New Orleans’ premiere spoken word poets and the author of the play Loup Garou, which I hope you did not miss this past summer. Also feature, and fiction writer JENNIFER STEWART. At the Goldmine Saloon on Dauphine, eightish. And the birthday tribute to New Orleans born Beat Bob Kaufman has been moved from next week to May which pleases me immensely, as the Counting House will be sending me off to Wild Goose Chase, MD on business next week.

§ I’ll be at 17 Poets on Thursday, but I have to confess a certain interest in the subject of Matthew Randazzo; sMr. New Orleans: The Life of a Big Easy Underworld Legend. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St.

§ Best of LSU Fiction – Editors read from the publication. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans (French Quarter), 523-3939, http://www.lsm.crt.state.la.us.

§ There is no feature at the Maple Leaf this Sunday or next, just Open Mike. So screw your courage to the sticking place and come down and read something. It’s spring on the patio.

§ I find it Odd that next Wednesday there will be a reading of Plato’s Symposium hosted by the New Orleans Lyceum at the Latter Library, and the same night the Socrates Cafe philosophical group holds a monthly discussion. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. St. Tammany Parish Library, Folsom Branch. I find it even Odder that Folsom is a hot bed of Socratic thought but that’s probably not being nice.

§ I lost my library card, and while getting a new one I discovered 1) I owed them $2.25 and 2) During National Library Week, April 11-17th, pay your outstanding library account balance, including all overdue fines, lost book and processing fees, by donating food items to the New Orleans Public Library. The library will donate the food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans, a United Way Agency. One can, item, equals one dollar from your fines! Acceptable items include: rice, pasta, dry cereal, beans, canned meat, juice, peanut butter, tuna fish, dry milk, boxed dinners or any other high protein none-perishable food item.


1. jeffrey - April 15, 2010

Other items that are frequently accepted (although not exactly encouraged): Packages of instant iced tea mix and canned baby eels.


mf - April 15, 2010

Is there a particular brand of eels you, um, I mean they prefer?

Can I substitute pickled lamb tongues? Hard to find but they’re delicious.


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