Monthly Archives: May 2016

William Styron, the Marines and Cajun Clam Chowder

I started Memorial Day by reading from William Styron’s collection of Marine Corps stories, The Suicide Run. Though he is best known as the Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice, he served our country … Continue reading

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“Oh, Henry, I’ll Have Another . . . Bowl of Gumbo”

Barbecue, not gumbo, rules in Texas and North Carolina. The two states also share another famous signature – that of American writer William Sidney Porter. Known to most by his pseudonym  O. Henry, the author of The Gift of the … Continue reading

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Please Pass the Potato Salad, Mr. Wolfe

Young boys don’t miss a thing when it comes to food. They carefully watch each platter or bowl as it passes around the dinner table, just waiting for it to reach them. So I don’t discount the observation skills of … Continue reading

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Diners, Gumbo and Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers’ diner scenes in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Ballad of the Sad Café, and “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud” remind me of Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting of a lonely late-night diner. Ironically, Hopper grew up a … Continue reading

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Magic in writing is like championship football, y’all

“How’s it going?” several writing friends have asked about my 52 American Writers project. I usually answer with peppy, lively enthusiasm, but last week I almost lost my mojo. The magic was missing from my project. I have rules in … Continue reading

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Crawfish, Crawdads, Gumbo and Writer Walker Percy

Crawfish in Louisiana:  The Collins Family digs into a typical crawfish feed in South Louisiana. Thanks, Cousin Denise, for sharing your photo. I could go on and on about Walker Percy and existentialism, Catholicism, post-modern man, humanity in a new … Continue reading

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