About Virginia

About Virginia

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A Closer Look

About Virginia - Virginia Billeaud Anderson is a Houston-based writer with a Masters from the University of St. Thomas. Her reviews and feature articles appeared in Greater Houston Weekly newspaper, ArtsHouston magazine, Arts and Culture magazine, Journal of the Print World, Glasstire, and The Great God Pan is Dead. She is currently contributing articles to Intown magazine, and writes essays and interviews on her blog BOUDINANDBOURBON.COM. Virginia performs technical writing for the Oil and Gas industry, the Medical and Health Care fields, and the Design and Construction industries.

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. Bourbon 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 in my hick accent, "I'll sip some 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. Even though I've lived away from south Louisiana for 41 years, my past impacts my writing, and for helping me to understand this I thank Lillian Hellman, Orhan Pamuk, Naguib Mafouz, and other incredibly gifted writers who understood we travel far yet weirdly return home. The words also reference my writings' metaphysical excursions, not surprising for someone from 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 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 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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