By V. S. Naipaul
In the culture of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his personal in one of the Believers, A flip within the South, his first booklet concerning the usa, is a revealing, irritating, elegiac booklet in regards to the American South — from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.
A revealing, worrying publication concerning the American South - part of the rustic that still is still a global unto intself.
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20 Many of these artists and writers lived close by Jackson Square. A popular hangout was the Green Shutter, a tearoom-bookshop operated by Martha Westfeldt—first at 633 Royal and then at 710 St. 21 The Pontalbas had been in decline since the end of the Civil War, and evidence suggests that farm animals were stabled there by immigrant tenants. In December 1920 a group led by Alfred Danzinger bought the Upper Pontalba, and eventually it came to be owned by the city; the name City Pontalba has stuck to it ever since.
Peter Street, across from the Cabildo. Koch prevailed upon them to build a new structure that conformed in style to older ones nearby. 26 Although it could not become the social fulcrum that the old Opera House was, it established its own status as a place for the city’s artistic elite. It became a nexus not only for Quarter culture, but for those, from Uptown and elsewhere, who were involved in the life of the enclave. 31 In 1924, Sherwood Anderson made a home on the second floor of the Upper Pontalba at 540B St.
Prior to the elections of 1934, Long’s rubber-stamp legislature authorized a committee to investigate vice in New Orleans, hoping to embarrass the Old Regulars and their mayor, T. Semmes Walmsley, known as “Old Turkey Head” for his resemblance to that fowl. Senator Long himself acted as committee counsel and conducted the “investigation” before live radio microphones. After a parade of anonymous witnesses came forth and gave what seemed to be coached statements, the chief of police and chief of detectives were called.
A Turn in the South by V. S. Naipaul