58. Part one of our interview with Mark LaFlaur, author of the novel Elysian Fields. Mark's web page describes his novel this way: "Simpson Weems is a 36-year-old aspiring poet whose life has been on hold — to the breaking point. All he needs to fulfill his potential is to move to San Francisco, but he’s torn between his long-held dream of being a great artist and obligations to his aged, ailing mother and his emotionally volatile brother, the all-demanding Bartholomew. Will someone in his family have to die before he can get to California? And how might that be arranged?" In addition to discussing his novel, we discuss his other writing, especially his writing on his blog Levees Not War. Mark has generously allowed us to cross-post some of his articles on the Louisiana Anthology.
- This week in Louisiana history. June 30, 1870 Robert E. Lee and the Natchez began their famous riverboat race.
- This week in New Orleans history. June 28, 1896 --
First Movie in New Orleans: The first movie in New
Orleans was shown on an outdoor screen on the lakefront June
28, 1896, by Allen B. Blakemore, an electrical engineer for
the New Orleans City and Lake Railroad. Blakemore reduced the
five-hundred-volt current from the trolley line for his
vitascope machine by way of a water rheostat.
- This week in Louisiana. July 3-6 2014 Essence Music Festival Essence Fest features empowerment seminars with nationally known speakers, entertainment, a marketplace, book fair with author signings, food, African-American art, cultural activities and discussions. The 2014 lineup for main stage concerts features Prince, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu and Ledisi. Admission: Free for daytime activities. 3-day festival pass including evening concerts, $312. Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans.
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