About Virginia

About Virginia

Boudin Image by Editha Schoeffler
Bourbon Image by
Virginia Billeaud Anderson

Essays and Interviews
A Closer Look

About Virginia - My reviews and feature articles appeared in Greater Houston Weekly newspaper, Intown magazine, Houston Heights magazine, Memorial Villages magazine, The Lakes Group magazines, ArtsHouston magazine, Arts and Culture magazine, Journal of the Print World, Glasstire online, and The Great God Pan is Dead. Sometimes I edit for the Oil and Gas industry, the Medical and Health Care fields, and for Art, Antiques, Interior Design, and Construction businesses. AND, I write essays and interviews on my blog BOUDINANDBOURBON.COM.

A Closer Look - Lame words that describe how content enters my blog. I trip over something interesting, an ancient artifact or the perfect Mint Julep, research it to feel less dumb, and want to share. What could be more fun?

Bourbon - Been drinking it all my life, it makes me feel close to Daddy. It also links to an experience I had years ago in New York when a self-indulgent allfuent woman who couldn’t be bothered to write a paper required for our class WITHOUT SHAME handed me $1000 and asked me to write it for her. "Well it would be mah pleasure," I said, sounding like the hick I am, "I'll sip some bourbon and crank out your lil paper."

Voodoo and Feast of the Assumption? Like Boudin and Bourbon, the words link to my south Louisiana upbringing. I've lived away from south Louisiana for over 40 years, yet in the same manner as Lillian Hellman, Orhan Pamuk and Naguib Mafouz, my past significantly impacts my writing. The words also call up the strong metaphysical undercurrents in my writing, hardly surprising for someone who witnessed people praying to statues of the Virgin and practicing voodoo.

Found Beauties - Isolated, these words are ridiculous, they jumped out at me from Madame de Sévigné’s 1671 letter to her daughter. De Sévigné was reading Tasso, she wrote, and “found beauties in him that are unknown to those who are only half read in the language,” meaning her knowledge of Italian helped her more fully appreciate the poet’s work. Now, only a pretentious ass would associate herself with de Sévigné’s elevated learning and celebrated use of language, I'm not doing that. I am however charmed by the woman's intellectually rigorous approach to pleasurable things. De Sévigné’s passion inspires me as I write this blog.

Welcome to my site. To discuss my blog, email me at billeaudanderson@gmail.com. I enjoy hearing from readers. As of 6-27-24 the blog had 107,538 views.

Paid gigs - Below are some of my newspaper and mag articles


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