176. Tison Pugh interview, part 1. Tison is professor of English at the University of Central Florida. His books include Precious Perversions: Humor, Homosexuality, and the Southern Literary Canon, Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies and Queer Chivalry: Medievalism and the Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature. Pugh reveals long-overlooked or discounted aspects of gay humor within the South’s literary realm. Noting, for example, that Tennessee Williams is revered as a dramatist who probes the heart of the human condition rather than for his submerged camp humor, and that Truman Capote’s comic cinema and literature never eclipsed his serious works, Pugh establishes that mainstream and academic criticism have traditionally ignored queer humor. Likewise, Florence King and Rita Mae Brown wrote defining narratives of southern lesbian experience in, respectively, Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady and Rubyfruit Jungle, yet, according to Pugh, they are almost entirely neglected in accounts of the literary South.
- This week in Louisiana history. October 1, 1800. Treaty of San Ildefonso provides for Spanish cession of Louisiana to France giving Napoleon Louisiana from Spain.
- This week in New Orleans history. On October 1, 1811,
the first steamboat reached New Orleans by way of the Ohio and
Mississippi Rivers. Named The New Orleans it left from
Pittsburgh, carried a crew of nine, four servants, a dog, and
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Roosevelt,and arrived in the city 13
days later. Roosevelt was an inventor, a major investor
in Upstate New York land, and a great-grand uncle of President
Theodore Roosevelt. His primary invention was to
introduce vertical paddle wheels and he had worked with Robert
Fulton in their development.
- This week in Louisiana.
Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival
September 23rd, 2016 - September 24th, 2016
Lamar Dixon Expo Center
9039 S St. Landry Ave, Gonzales, LA 70737
Lamar Dixon Expo Center
The Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival is hosted at Lamar Dixon Expo Center right in the heart of Ascension Parish. This festival combines hot air balloons, entertainment, music, food, fun and surprises. Families can enjoy a weekend jam packed with fun for all ages.
- Postcard from New Orleans
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