New Orleans, Mon Amour by Andrei Codrescu
Twenty Years of Writings from the City

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For two decades NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu has been living in and writing about his adopted city, where, as he puts it, the official language is dreams. How apt that a refugee born in Transylvania found his home in a place where vampires roam the streets and voodoo queens live around the corner; where cemeteries are the most popular picnic spots, the ghosts of poets, prostitutes, and pirates are palpable, and in the French Quarter, no one ever sleeps.

Codrescu's essays have been called "satirical gems," "subversive," "sardonic and stunning," "funny," "gonzo," "wittily poignant," and "perverse"—here is a writer who perfectly mirrors the wild, voluptuous, bohemian character of New Orleans itself. This retrospective follows him from newcomer to near native: first seduced by the lush banana trees in his backyard and the sensual aroma of coffee at the café down the block, Codrescu soon becomes a Window Gang regular at the infamous bar Molly's on Decatur, does a stint as King of Krewe de Vieux Carré at Mardi Gras, befriends artists, musicians, and eccentrics, and exposes the city’s underbelly of corruption, warning presciently about the lack of planning for floods in a city high on its own insouciance. Alas, as we all now know, Paradise is lost.

New Orleans, Mon Amour is an epic love song, a clear-eyed elegy, a cultural celebration, and a thank-you note to New Orleans in its Golden Age.
 

About Andrei Codrescu

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A poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, ANDREI CODRESCU is the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University and the editor of the literary journal Exquisite Corpse.
 
Published January 31, 2006 by Algonquin Books. 286 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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These essays by the sharp and ingratiating Codrescu ( Road Scholar ) rove all over the place, and readers should be ready to do likewise.

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In this lovely collection of very short essays (many two pages long), gravelly voiced NPR commentator Codrescu sketches finely honed portraits of a fabled city and its equally fabled inhabitants.

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She was on the editorial staff of The Southern Review for several years and was the assistant editor of Home Movie, an award-nominated documentary that premiered at Sundance before being released.

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This is a side to New Orleans that does exist, but it does not encapsulate what the entire being of New Orleans is or what it means to be a New Orleanian.

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New Orleans, Mon Amour offers a wonderfully personal glimpse into the life Andrie Codrescu has found in and around New Orleans.

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If Charles Bukowski had had a love child with Anne Rice, and it emulated Andy Rooney … it would write this book.

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