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Odd Words — Mea Maxima Culpa June 17, 2012

Posted by The Typist in books, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
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Yes, no Odd Words in two weeks. (Strikes breast three time but can’t remember the proper Catlick Latin so MMC will have to do.

Why I didn’t post is a long and boring story I won’t impose on you. Oh, and Tiresias says hi.

If you hurry over to the Irish House hopefully they will skip ahead to the naughty bits. And if you don’t: “. . . I was a Flower of the mountain yes where I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used to or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask agai nyes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like made and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

Please submit 500 words from a Feminist or Post-Colonial critical view by next Wednesday. Or help me remember which Firesign Theater album ends with this.

&The Maple Street Bar Poetry Reading Series features performance poet LEX presenting his work, followed by an open mic. Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m., or pretty close to that after everyone gets a drink at the bar. 17 Poets! is sadly finished for the year but will be back in September.

& Get your funk on and meet me at the Eastern Market next Saturday for some Rare Essence but then the market burned down years ago and I have no idea if that band from the 80s is stil around and sadest of all, Chuck Brown–the father of Go-Go music which is to DC what the original Funky Meters line up is to New Orleans — just passed away. But you can get a chuck of funk at the Maple Street Book Shop’s Healing Center location for a reading and signing by Natalie Hopkinson, author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. If you were listening to Soul Sister the weekend after he passed you know what I mean. Remind me if I show up that I CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY ANY MORE BOOKS for a while but please loan me yours when you’re done. Tuesday, June 19th, 6:30-8pm.

& Wwe all knew it was coming for years now but here’s another Katrina-tinged book also over at Octavia this week, Rosalyn Story’s Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans Thursday, June 21st, at 6:30pm. There is a chef living in Treme who stays and his son the trumpeter who rushes home to find his father and finds his old girlfriend instead. I normally don’t get much of a thrill out of formulaic but it is beach reading season and it is an Essence Book Club selection.Thursday, June 21st, at 6:30p at the Healing Center And who knew Essence had a Book Club? Maybe that’s why Oprah is bringing her’s back what with Essence getting all up in her shit.

And the Maple Street Book Shop Healing Center location is in St Claude (and the Bayou one is just four blocks over), Maple Stret location which is of courses on St. Claude which is not confusing at all people in New Orleans who know where Bayou Road, Kelerec, North Dorgenois and Bell Street all cross in one crazy ass intersection. With no stop signs. Fortunately Bayou Road is one of the last of the brick paved stretches of street in this town so you tend to go slow.

& And with Essence just around the corner I’ll give an early shout out to a home grown literary festival that runs Essence Week, the Bayou Soul Writers and Readers conference. You can check them out here. And I’ll by cutting and pasting like crazy is a couple of weeks listing all the authors at Essence but whether you’re a visitor or from just around the corner, show this local festival of writers some love during Essence week.

& Octavia Books hosts Ruth Salvaggio’s books Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward. Author Event While sifting through trash in her flooded New Orleans home, Ruth Salvaggio discovered an old volume of Sappho’s poetry stained with muck and mold. In her efforts to restore the book, Salvaggio realized that the process reflected how Sappho’s own words were unearthed from the refuse of the ancient world. Undertaking such a task in New Orleans, she sets out to recover the city’s rich poetic heritage while searching through its flooded debris. Hearing Sappho in New Orleans is at once a meditation on this poetic city, its many languages and cultures, and a history of its forgotten poetry. Using Sappho’s fragments as a guide, Salvaggio roams the streets and neighborhoods of the city as she explores the migrations of lyric poetry from ancient Greece through the African slave trade to indigenous America and ultimately to New Orleans. NOT BUYING ANY BOOKS. REMEMBER? But you just missed my birthday. Thursday June at 6:00 p.m.

OK, I’m getting all out of chronological order here but if you’ve gotten this far down you can figure this out. Or you can ask your high school aged kid who has a $39 calculator that exceeds the entire computing power of the Apollo mission command modules. Which is almost as amazing as the Space Pen, or the fact that people still buy them. Silly Russians, they didn’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars creating a zero gravity pen. They used pencils.

& Spoken Word New Orleans’ open mike (which I’ve forgotten to list for a while) has moved to Sunday Night at the Club Caribbean 2441 Bayou Road. Doors at 7, show at 8 with a $5 admission. This Week’s Featured Artists are Tank & The Black Star Bangas​. Sunday, June 18.

& In a city that tried to shut down some of the best Latino cooking we ever had just because the restaurants had wheels, Garden District Books brings us John T. Edge, The Truck Food Cookbook. The book delivers 150 recipes from America’s best restaurants on wheels, from L.A. and New York to the truck food scenes in Portland, Austin, Minneapolis, and more.John T. Edge shares the recipes, special tips, and techniques. And what a menu-board: Tamarind-Glazed Fried Chicken Drummettes. Kalbi Beef Sliders. Porchetta. The lily-gilding Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger. And in case you sadly miss the food truck that used to park on Frenchman you know the guy that ran it cooks in the back of Cafe Negril and makes the most awesome Central American tamales you will ever eat.

& Leonard Pitts, nationally-syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, discusses and signs his new novel Freeman at Garden District Bookshop. In the months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Sam–a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army–sets out on foot to return to the war-torn South. He is compelled to find his wife, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the farm to which they all “belonged.”s Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.

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