Friday, October 7, 2016

177. Tison Pugh interview, part 2

177. Part 2 of our interview with Tison Pugh. Tison is a 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 8, 1769. O'Reilly restricted N.O. to only twelve taverns.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. October 8, 1995. The  International Motor Sports Association Grand Prix du Mardi Gras GTS-2 street race was run on the 1.43-mile circuit around the Louisiana Superdome. The winner of the 41.47 miles/29 lap race was Bill Auberlen with Kevin Buckler and Jorge Trejos finishing 2nd and 3rd.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
    October 13th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016
    Girard Park
    500 Girard Park,
    Lafayette, LA 70503
    Festivals Acadiens et Creoles started in 1972 as an effort to keep Cajun culture alive. Since then it has grown into a three day event that attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world. Whether you're amongst the young or the young at heart, you can bet that Festivals Acadiens has something that will tickle your fancy. Come join us for good music, good food, and good times!
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