If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time. Lacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm. Somewhere between Preservation Hall and the Superdome, between voodoo and cybernetics, New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being–ever mindful of its personal style.”

— Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume, 1984

 

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2 thoughts on “This Week’s Southernism, Monday, February 12, 2018

  1. Past, present or future – mainstream or backwater. New Orleans is my favorite town in the world, and I have been to some great towns in Europe, North America and Asia.

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