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Odd Words August 11, 2011

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.

Correction: The NO LOVE LOST: POETRY READING event is FRIDAY night. Sorry about that.

The blurbs on Tom Piazza’s DEVIL SENT THE RAIN remind me of an acquaintance in DC who played drums for the Nighthawks back in the 1980s, and during their extended stay in New Orleans he was taken around Dooky Chase by none other than Zigabo Modaliste and introduced as “a bad muthafuckin drummer.” Or so he said, and I have no reason to disbelieve him and even less reason not to tell such a damn good anecdote. You want nothing but the facts I think you can catch Dragnet on cable somewhere. I don’t know why anyone who can manage that sort of high praise would get out of the music business and into telecommunications (what he used to call The Maelstrom back then) but sometimes life presents the bills and you have to come up with the money.

& On Friday night Thaddeus Conti & Known Associates will host NO LOVE LOST: A POETRY READING at of course The Love Lost Lounge. “Expose the trapeeze. No music please. Drink specials!” are promised starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday 8/12, 5:30 p.m. at the Love Lost Lounge.

& One of the blurbs on the Octavia events page for Tom Piazza’s DEVIL SENT THE RAIN is from Elvis Costello. The man do know some people, but once you’ve established your cred with the WHY NEW ORLEANS MATTERS and a string of music-related books you know this is a book you want to get over to one of your local bookstores and get a signed copy of this collection of essays. The book is in three parts which form a narrative arc of the cultural character of America over the last fifteen years. Part One contains searching and unorthodox looks at iconic American musicians, including Bob Dylan, Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Patton, Carl Perkins, and others. In Part Two, Piazza turns his lens on his adopted hometown New Orleans, post-Katrina, in articles that are by turns deeply touching and achingly funny. Part Three finds Piazza taking stock of the tumult of these years in a brilliant meditation on fiction and its relation to what is sometimes called “real life.” Saturday 8/13 at Garden District Books at 1 p.m. and again Wednesday, 8/17 at Octavia Books at 6 p.m.

& The word “dive” tends to put me in mind more of pickled eggs and Slim Jim’s behind the bar, I guess I have to allow for people who think of places to eat first and drink secondarily, which is how Octavia Books comes to be hosting a book signing with Morgan Murphy featuring his recently released book OFF THE EATEN PATH: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes That Made Them Famous, published in association with Southern Living. I’m more of an Oxford American sort of guy, but I do love out of the way places to eat as much as anyone. Saturday 8/13 at 3 p.m. at Octavia Books.

& Also on this busy Saturday Gina Ferrara will restart her monthly series of poetry readings at the Latter Library after a summer hiatus (OK, it’s still August but hey school has started so get over it) featuring Dennis Formento, Michael Quess Moore and Andy Young. Saturday 8/13 at 2 p.m. at the Milton Latter Memorial Library (& 70’s-era De La Salle Hookah Garden).

& The Maple Leaf is an open mic this Sunday but mark you calendars for the following Sunday 8/21 when Lee Grue reads from her new book DOWNTOWN. If you don’t have a copy of this you want one, and here’s a chance to grab an afternoon beer (or a tumbler of bar scotch) at the same time. Resistance is puerile.



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