Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Laissez les bon livres rouler, volume deux

Although the Desire streetcar line was discontinued in the 1950s, it lives on in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Marlon Brando bellowed his way into stardom with this shocking depiction of fading Southern gentry and the rise of the industrial South. The film adaptation also features Vivien Leigh as Stella, her other famous faded Southern belle role (censorship codes at the time demanded the removal of certain details from the play).

There are many reasons why spring is a wonderful time to visit New Orleans, and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, marking Williams’s 100th birthday in 2011, is one of them. Along with the usual myriad of theater productions, writing workshops, contests, and lectures is the legendary “STELLA!” shouting contest (there’s a “STAANLEY!” yelling competition for women, but they can choose to enter the Stella contest if they want to). Also set in New Orleans is Williams’s Vieux Carre, which is loosely autobiographical.

Of course, I can’t talk about New Orleans without talking about food! Reading Sara Roahen’s Gumbo Tales: Finding Myself at the New Orleans Table makes me long for an overstuffed po-boy or a steaming cup of gumbo. Written after Hurricane Katrina, this Wisconsin native’s love letter to New Orleans cuisine might just make you hop on the next plane to the Crescent City for a chow down.

I also can’t talk about New Orleans without talking about my Saints, Super Bowl XLIV champs. Coach Sean Peyton and quarterback Drew Brees became authors this year (along with being the 2010 Super Bowl champs!) with the publication of their books, Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life (Peyton) and Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity (Brees). Great if you’re in need of a pick-me-up and think that there aren’t any good guys left in the sports world.

If you are interested in more New Orleans nonfiction, let me know in the comments field.

Jennifer @ Warrenton

No comments:

Post a Comment