By R. Reese Fuller
Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is a suite of inventive nonfiction items in regards to 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 lines supply interesting glimpses into the lives of recognized Louisianans reminiscent of 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 info the occasionally zany and occasionally tragic topics that populate the cultural panorama of south Louisiana, from Tabasco peppers to Angola felony to cockfighting.Fuller brings years of expertise within the newspaper to endure in this assortment, supplying behind-the-scenes entry no longer to be had in different places. Of specific be aware are his interviews with musicians and native celebrities, who display how their love of the sector has inspired their paintings. Fuller's common method of storytelling creates a ebook that may be a pleasure to learn and actually represents the folk of south Louisiana.
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And I remember when he bought an electric drill, but all the other tools were just handsaws and a square—maybe a hammer, an ax, and a chisel. That’s pretty much what I built my first accordion with. I’d have to go to Futch and Son, contractors in Eunice. They would do woodworking. ” He said, “Well, you can come on Saturdays and use it, but I want you to come with your daddy. I want to talk to him. ” He knew my father. So I told that to Daddy. ” So I went and cut all the parts out on his table saw.
All these other kids wanted to either go to some teeny-bopper hop or go to some stupid ballgame or cheerleader practice or all this other mundane mediocrity. I just couldn’t relate to it. I sure wasn’t interested in sports. I couldn’t understand what the big attraction was. I still can’t understand it. It’s kind of like a parade. I don’t understand what the big attraction is. I went to school with a girl, and she was just such a beautiful creature. I was in her homeroom for five years. She was this real popular girl, beautiful, very active cheerleader.
They didn’t even touch it, but I’d keep trying. I wanted to see how long it would take them. And finally they did make the switch from the slop to the corn. And they’d even make more racket to get it because they were smart. They are very smart animals. You can train them to do all kind of tricks. I’ve seen people train them for tricks. ” It didn’t take them long, maybe four or five times, and then they wouldn’t even touch the slop. I compare that to people. It’s pretty much the same way. Unless you offer an alternative, nothing ever gets better.