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Gumbo for F. Scott Fitzgerald — anything but listless

Don’t worry about popular opinion, dolls, the past, the future or growing up —  those were just a few of the items on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s list for his daughter Scottie. Image F. Scott Fitzgerald with his daughter Scottie in … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Wagons Ho! Gumbo L’Amour

I don’t know when writer Louis L’Amour had time to eat. He was way too busy writing 89 novels and researching the food people ate in a given time and place. A stickler for accuracy and detail, this writer of … Continue reading

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