About Virginia

About Virginia

Boudin Image by Editha Schoeffler
Bourbon Image by
Virginia Billeaud Anderson

Essays and Interviews
A Closer Look

About Virginia - Hi everybody, my name is Virginia Billeaud Anderson. My reviews and feature articles appeared in Intown magazine, Greater Houston Weekly newspaper, ArtsHouston magazine, Arts and Culture magazine, Journal of the Print World, Glasstire, and The Great God Pan is Dead. I perform technical writing for the Oil and Gas industry, the Medical and Health Care fields, and for Art, Antiques, Interior Design, and Construction businesses. I also compose and edit content for websites. AND, I write essays and interviews on my blog BOUDINANDBOURBON.COM. Would love to hear from you. Email comments or questions to billeaudanderson@att.net - Virginia

A Closer Look - Lame words, yet they 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 feel close to Daddy who poured it in his coffee. A further association: When I studied in New York, a woman who couldn’t be bothered to write the art history paper required for her class, self-indulgently and WITHOUT SHAME, handed me $1000 and asked me to relieve her of that annoying obligation. "It would be mah pleasure," I said with my hick accent, "I'll sip bourbon and crank out your lil paper."

Why Voodoo and Feast of the Assumption? Like Boudin and Bourbon, the words link back to my south Louisiana upbringing. I've lived away from south Louisiana for 41 years, yet my past impacts my writing, and I thank Lillian Hellman, Orhan Pamuk, Naguib Mafouz, and a few other incredibly gifted writers for helping me to understand this. The words also reference the writings' metaphysical excursions, perhaps to be expected from someone who the practice of voodoo and praying to statues.

Found Beauties - Isolated, these words are ridiculous, they jumped out at me from Madame de Sévigné’s 1671 letter to her daughter in which she wrote that she had been reading Tasso and “found beauties in him that are unknown to those who are only half read in the language,” by which de Sévigné meant that her familiarity with the Italian language in which Tasso wrote allowed her to more fully appreciate the poet’s work. 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, her passion inspires me as I write this blog.

Welcome to my site. Please open A CLOSER LOOK to see my most recent essays and interviews. My site is growing, hope you will continue to check in. Thank you for reading my "stuff," please share it and forward it and pass it around. As of 9-23-21 my tiny blog had 63,167 viewers. - Virginia

Below are some newspaper and mag articles  (paid gigs) so 
viewers can know more about me.

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