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. Welcome. My reviews and feature articles appeared in Intown magazine, Houston Heights magazine, Memorial Villages magazine, Greater Houston Weekly newspaper, ArtsHouston magazine, Arts and Culture magazine, Journal of the Print World, Glasstire online, and The Great God Pan is Dead. I edit content 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. Email comments to billeaudanderson@gmail.com - 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 me feel close to Daddy. 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 to write it. "It would be mah pleasure," I said in my hick accent, "I'll sip bourbon and crank out your lil paper."

Why Voodoo and Feast of the Assumption? Like Boudin and Bourbon, these words link to my south Louisiana upbringing. I've lived away from south Louisiana for over 40 years, yet my past impacts my writing, and I thank Lillian Hellman, Orhan Pamuk, Naguib Mafouz, and other incredibly gifted writers for showing me this. The words also reference the writings' metaphysical excursions, not surprising for someone who saw people practice voodoo and pray to statues.

Found Beauties - Isolated, these words are ridiculous, they jumped out at me from Madame de Sévigné’s 1671 letter to her daughter. De Sévigné 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 she meant her familiarity with the Italian language 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. See A CLOSER LOOK for my essays and interviews. My site is growing, please continue to check in. Hope you will share and forward and pass around. To discuss my blog, email me at billeaudanderson@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you. As of 7-4-22 the blog had 73,861 views.

Below are some of my newspaper and mag articles (paid gigs)

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