Friday, December 30, 2016

189. Nancy Dixon. New Orlean Anthology, part 1

189. Part 1 of our interview with Nancy Dixon. An ambitious new volume, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature, collects short fiction and plays that reflect the city’s literary history, from Paul Louis LeBlanc de Villeneufve’s 18th-century play The Festival of the Young Corn, or The Heroism of Poucha-Houmma to Fatima Shaik’s 1987 short story “Climbing Monkey Hill,” with contributions from suspects both usual and unusual filling in the 560-page tome. Editor Nancy Dixon provided informative introductions to each author’s section, placing the works and their creators within the contexts of the city’s history and the history of its literature, making the anthology both an enjoyable artful artifact and an important academic resource.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. December 30, 2005. Tropical Storm Zeta ties a record for the latest developing named storm when it formed today in the open Atlantic Ocean. The six-month season featured a record 14 hurricanes.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. December 31, 1974. The last Sugar Bowl was played in Tulane Stadium.  It moved to the Super Dome after that.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    New Orleans New Year's Eve
    http://www.neworleans online.com/ neworleans/ seasonal/ newyears.html

    In New Orleans, we celebrate New Year's Eve a little bit different from most places. Sure, we have funny hats and noisemakers (if you want them), but we add a little pizzazz to the occasion by ringing in the New Year our own way. For the biggest party in the city, head down to Jackson Square – the Quarter is packed with festive party goers eager to count down the time until the New Year arrives. And because New Orleans does everything a little differently, don’t expect your run of the mill New Years ball drop; instead “Baby New Year” drops from its perch on the top of Jax Brewery followed by a magnificent fireworks show over the Mississippi. Follow the crowds to Bourbon Street and party til’ the early morning, or break away from the group and find your own special spot to celebrate in.
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