About Virginia

About Virginia
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A Closer Look

A Closer Look - Lame words, yet they faultlessly describe how content enters my blog. I trip over something memorable, a Neolithic artifact, or the perfect mint julep, research it to feel less dumb, and want to share. What could be more fun? In the past I wrote for a newspaper and some magazines, primarily about art. On this site, I'm expanding into food and booze, architecture, archaeology, and any other topic that excites me and my readers.

Bourbon - I'm partial to it, drank the cheap stuff when I was a kid, better brands now. Essentially, the word makes me feel close to Daddy, who poured bourbon in his coffee every morning. A further association: I had the opportunity to study in New York and while there, 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 suggested I 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 resurrect the south Louisiana environment in which I was raised. Though I've lived away from south Louisiana for almost 40 years, my past enters my writing, and for helping me to understand this I thank Lillian Hellman, Orhan Pamuk, Naguib Mafouz, among other incredibly gifted writers who noted we travel far, yet come back home. The words also reference the writings' frequent metaphysical excursions, not surprising given my upbringing in a place where people practice voodoo and pray to statues.

Found Beauties - Isolated, the words are ridiculous, they actually 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 this 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. I am inspired by it as I write this blog.

Welcome to my site. Please open A CLOSER LOOK above to see my most recent essays and interviews. Labels in the right-hand column and below each post categorize articles. The site is growing. Hope you will continue to check in - Virginia

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