Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives by R. Reese Fuller

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 sufficient Weekly-the twenty-five profiles and contours supply fascinating glimpses into the lives of famous Louisianans akin to 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 undergo in this assortment, providing behind-the-scenes entry no longer on hand somewhere else. Of specific notice are his interviews with musicians and native celebrities, who display how their love of the sector has prompted their paintings. Fuller's usual method of storytelling creates a ebook that may be a pleasure to learn and really represents the folk of south Louisiana.

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Maybe it’s technically very good, but it still doesn’t hit you hard. It’s cold. It’s lacking something. I don’t know what that something is. I don’t know if I could find a definition in English. There might be a Latin word that would define that. If you can get people to all think alike and look alike, it’s easy to sell them the same product. It’s easy to reach them. It’s easy to control them. It’s easy to dictate to them what they should have. It’s easy to control their life for one fundamental reason—money.

He laughs. Stan’s wife, Bernite, walks into in the room and hugs you, tells you it’s so good to see you. She makes her way to the television and turns the volume down. “Leave that on,” Stan says. She walks back to the couch. “He always has to have something going on in the background. ” line #> Stan opens the door to the tack room of his stable. He plugs the portable radio into an electrical outlet and turns up the volume. Gospel music fills the stable. Three of the stalls have been converted into a massive bird cage and about five dozen pigeons and some pheasants are flying around.

The reason I hated them so much was because of my job, the chores in the afternoon I had to do. We had a lot of chores to do. We’d always raise a lot of pigs, cattle, chickens and geese and turkeys and ducks. And we’d eat all this. It was a big farm. He was in the field with his help, and my job was doing the work. The job that I hated the most was feeding the damn pigs. That is the noisiest bunch of animals when it’s feeding time. They make the biggest commotion, and they’re very vicious. Mean animals, pigs.

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