Feb. 19th, 2017 04:21 pm
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Good thing I decided to make that practice batch since I haven't made it in a while, otherwise I would not have discovered that I was out of hot sauce until the day.

On a related note, while I can acknowledge that the brands which include a voodoo doll are merely using a sales gimmick, it still works (voodoo doll! *plus* pins!!!).
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If you want to listen to music, go to

I have beads (thanks to beadsbythedozen.com), I have pralines (thanks to Alexx and southerncandymakers.com), and I even have a bit of King cake (thanks to LJ user tinybuffalo; King cake is much like a cinnamon bun, but in a ring cake form covered in powdered sugar, or even powdered sugar in the Mardi Gras colors of green, purple, and gold).
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but, osmehow, it does. wwoz.com is chatting with the Slow Burn Burlesque Show, which I guess is putting on a show which features the scandals of classic Hollywood. Plus, the emcee can actually sing.
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I'm listening to WWOZ from New Orleans
wearing the dancing skeleton t-shirt Alexx bought for me in New Orleans (at least, I *think* it's the dancing skeleton shirt), and wearing my
Mardi Gras colored
socks. I have pralines, and my foodie housemate made me jambalaya (thank you, Brendan!).
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1. _Prime_ by Poppy Z. Brite (2005)
I love this series about Ricky and G-Man, a gay couple who run a restaurant in New Orleans. It's sort of a mystery but mostly it's just a tangy-sweet novel about these two characters, the people they meet, the food they create, and the pressures two people experience in even the most solid relationships.

2. _New Orleans Mourning_ by Julie Smith (1990)
Skip Langdon is a rookie cop in New Orleans. When Rex, the King of Carnival, is killed, Skip is assigned to investigate New Orleans's most rich and powerful families, the very people who made her feel so alien while she was growing up for not being the petite Southern belle they wanted her to be.

3. _Messiah_ by Andrei Codrescu
If _Stranger in a Strange Land_ had been mugged by Angela Carter's _Wise Children_, this novel could have been the result. Felicity is a young black woman who is determined to make it as a PI in New Orleans, but first she needs to be avenged upon the TV evangelist who stole her grandmother's fortune. Then Felicity discovers an online game in which she can have sex with famous historical figures, some religious scholars halfway around the world let loose a gang of trickster figures to run amok through New Orleans, and did I mention its the apocalypse? This novel may be an exploration of language, narrative, memory, and media, or it may be an extended Dada fairy tale, possibly both, but it's lots of fun and I recommend it highly.
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Alexx and I got back from New Orleans last night. I'll post about the trip later, but it was indeed fabulous, amazing, and relaxing. Alexx totally spoiled me.

Also, I brought back pralines (okay, actually, Alexx dragged the huge pile of pralines, book, and coffee tot he post office to have it shipped back to us in Boston--did I mention that Alexx spoiled me?).

I had already scheduled a book swap tea party for Saturday, April 23, in honor of Shakespeare's birthday, and now there will be pralines. Lots of pralines. Seriously.

The party starts at 1 or 2 or something like that, I forget what I originally said, but show up and I'll ply you with pralines. Bring a friend (did I mention there are lots of pralines?). Bring a book to swap if you want, heck, bring a friend to swap, if you want. See y'all then.
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has been Poppy Z. Brite's Liquor series, about two gay chefs who open a restaurant in N.O. The books are _Liquor_, _Soul Kitchen_, and _D*U*C*K*S_, although I'm hoping to find that there might be more. It's not horror, but for some reason I love these books more than Brite's horror. I saw a bit somewhere online where Brite mentioned loving these characters, and I think maybe that's what comes through. The writing is understated but hits all the notes which makes the characters feel like real people dealing with real life. Also, I *love* G-Man. Reading these books is what made me realize that, even though I am not a foodie and often feel intimidated by the sorts of restaurants whose chefs get reviews in magazines, I needed to go eat at The Green Goddess, because I don't want to be one of those people who have this still life of what New Orleans is as a place and a culture. Plus, they fry their potatos in duck fat and...have you *seen* their menu?
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I've been reading books about New Orleans and, from a book geek point of view, my favorite so far has been _New Orleans, Mon Amour_ by Andrei Codrescu (2006), because he name-drops a lot of other titles set in New Orleans, including _The Mysteries of New Orleans_, a nineteenth century gothic which I had never even heard of (have no fear, a copy is now on its way even as I write this).

It turns out I kind of like this Codrescu guy, so then I read _The Poetry Lesson_ (2010). _The Poetry Lesson_ is a fictionalized memoir about a university professor who is teaching the first class in a college course on poetry, which provides the opportunity to give a passionate defense of why poetry is still relevant, and to name-drop a bit about the poets with whom Codrescu has hung with, not to mention and flirted with their wives (oh, wait, tis is fictionalized memoir, so perhaps Codrescu himself has not actually done those things). I have the feeling this would be annoying if I had to sit through it in real life, but it makes a fun introduction to the poetry of the past four decades or so, about which I am sadly ignorant. Plus I love the idea of being assigned a "ghost companion" (GC), a poet to guide you through your poetry adventures. I wonder who my ghost companion would be?

After that, I was kind of digging the poetry thing, and it is poetry month, so I went ahead and read _The Anthologist_ by Nicholson Baker (2010), which is quieter but another poetry rollercoaster00and wouldn't that be a fantastic surreal project, The Poetry Rollercoaster?--with a perfect final page.

I plan on taking Codrescu's _The Posthuman Dada Guide_ (2009) with me to read in New Orleans, Codrescu's adopted city (Codrescu claims everyone who lives in New Orleans is a surrealist), and next I plan on reading Codrescu's _Messiah_ (1999), which is his version of what happens when the Messiah shows up in modern N.O. Thus, I was amused to read on the Amazon.com blog that James Free has a new book coming out
_The Final Testament of the Holy Bible_
which is being hyped as a radical story about the coming of a modern Messiah, but my reaction was "Again??" because it seems to me this story comes along every few years. Also, I was intrigued not so much by the marketing of the book in two formats, a fifty dollar deluxe edition and a ten dollar digital edition, but by the way in which Free descried the two potential audiences:
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Frey: ...I think the future of publishing, or one version of it, is in physical books for collectors and serious fans and ebooks for mass distribution.
I believe in that future and want to be a part of it as early as possible.
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So being willing--not to mention, able--to pay $50 for a book is what makes you "serious", and ebooks are for what, non-serious readers?
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Kes: I particularly like the fact that the article includes a link to favorite fried chicken recipes--for a few years I lived next door to a guy who had chickens and it made me regret every minute that I was a vegetarian, although these wild chickens sound smarter than the domestic ones
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currently 66 degrees. Tomorrow the high temp is supposed to be 80 degrees.

I have begun to seriously plan what I want to do during the New Orleans trip Alexx and I will be taking in a couple of weeks, April 13-18. Pralines, the Cafe du Monde, Kermit Ruffins, and book shops feature prominently. I will be doing *one* haunted New Orleans tour, and no, it isn't the one with the fake blood and other "special" effects.

Any recommendations?
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Okay, so perhaps you're stuck in cold windy Boston with no beignets and no jambalaya (sob!) but you can still catch some of the music and the insanity by listening to http://WWOZ.com
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Turtle Alley is a truly fabulous source for handdipped chocolate and candy: the Salem location is the place where I bought all the wonderful candy for the Lovecraft tea party, which received lots of positive happy noises from the attendees (including a kudos from LJ user nineweaving on finding real black licorice, and in bat form no less).

You can mail order from Turtle Alley's Web site, but up until now the site was really not very accessible. The new Web site design appears much more screen reader-friendly (although I haven't tried ordering from it yet, but I can state that the staff is very friendly regarding placing orders by phone).

And just in time for Irish Stout truffles and Easter candy.

Also, Turtle Alley will be present at this event which makes me wish I could be there
New Orleans Road Food Festival
That's right, you get to eat your way through New Orleans, from the French Quarter to Swamp country, and you don't even have to be a zombie to join in. I'm taking notes for my someday trip to the Big Easy.

And also re accessible interfaces, yesterday I had to place a customer support phone call to Audible and not only was the customer service person friendly and helpful, but today I received an e-mail request to fill out a customer satisfaction survey. I was shocked to discover that the survey was easily accessible with a screen reader. It's almost as if Audible thought that blind customers might be a significant demographic or something. Whatever the reason, I wish more companies had this attitude.
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One of the things I've been doinglately to keep my spirits up --aside from reading lots of horror fiction and munching on Trader Joe goodies-- is listening to WWOZ from New Orleans
http://www.wwoz.com .
It's a blues and jazz radio station, incredibly eclectic, and the DJs don't talk too much except to tell you about the music.


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