Friday, September 30, 2016

176. Tison Pugh, part 1

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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Postcard from New Orleans
    Grandpa Elliott
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