By R. Reese Fuller
Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is a set of artistic nonfiction items concerning the vigorous personalities who name south Louisiana domestic. initially released in newspapers dependent in Lafayette-Times of Acadiana and self sustaining Weekly-the twenty-five profiles and contours supply interesting glimpses into the lives of famous Louisianans resembling James Lee Burke, Ernest J. Gaines, Elemore Morgan Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco, Marc Savoy, Boozoo Chavis, Calvin Borel, Santy Runyon, and Eddie Shuler. writer R. Reese Fuller additionally information the occasionally zany and occasionally tragic matters that populate the cultural panorama of south Louisiana, from Tabasco peppers to Angola criminal to cockfighting.Fuller brings years of expertise within the newspaper to endure in this assortment, supplying behind-the-scenes entry now not to be had in different places. Of specific word are his interviews with musicians and native celebrities, who display how their love of the sector has inspired their paintings. Fuller's traditional method of storytelling creates a booklet that could be a pleasure to learn and really represents the folks of south Louisiana.
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Line #> As he pours a cup of coffee for you, he’s rattling off all the things that need to be done within the next week before he hits the road for the entire summer. He talks with the same speed that his fingers exhibit when he’s playing his piano accordion. The accordion needs a checkup and a tuning. The van needs to be checked out and serviced by the dealership. If the grass ever dries out, he needs to get on his tractor and mow it. On the other side of the kitchen in the breakfast nook, Zydeco the talking parakeet is whistling, looking for atten- Down Home with Buckwheat • 30 tion.
He’s lucky if he breaks even in the long run and doesn’t mind losing the money. The enjoyment he gets out of raising, training, and fighting the roosters is compensation for the financial loss. He knows that there are those who object to his hobby, but 45 • A Fighting Chance “I don’t have nothing to hide, me. ” Like other cockfighters, Dugas enjoys “testing” his roosters with other game fowl breeders. He likes to go on Sunday afternoons. On a Friday or Saturday night there could be as many as three to four hundred people packed into one cockpit.
Your clientele depends exactly upon what you’re selling. If you sell crap, you’re going to get interested people who want to buy crap. 25 • Marc of Distinction Line of Vision Elemore Morgan Jr. has shared his unique way of seeing with the world for decades. april 18, 2001 E lemore Morgan Jr. sees the fine line between the rice fields and the sky above him. You can call it the horizon. He’ll tell you that it’s where our planet ends and where the limitless universe begins. For more than four decades, Morgan has been blurring that delicate line and exploring the soil and the sky that compose it.
Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives by R. Reese Fuller