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The Earl of Louisiana mobi ì Paperback Ñ eyltransferservices ´ ❰Epub❯ ➜ The Earl of Louisiana Author A.J. Liebling – Eyltransferservices.co.uk In the summer of 1959 A J Liebling veteran writer for the New Yorker came to Louisiana to cover a series of bizarre events which began when Yle and personality of one of the most colorful and paradoxical figures in the state's history This new edition of the work includes a foreword by T Harry Williams Pulitzer prize winning author of Huey Long A Biograph Mon dieu The race for governor of the gret stet of Louisiana in 1959 was not politics as we know it The past and Louisiana are both foreign countries For entertainment's sake if nothing else we need Democrats of the Huey and Earl Long tradition to make a comeback Who is getting on stage nowadays to defend welfare spending for the spastics?
A.J. Liebling ☆ The Earl of Louisiana text
In the summer of 1959 A J Liebling veteran writer for the New Yorker came to Louisiana to cover a series of bizarre events which began when Governor Earl K Long was committed to a mental institution Captivated by his It may be denial on my part that makes the territory covered seem so improbable Though just a toddler I was alive during the last campaign of Earl Long of Louisiana so surely things could not have been so different during my time on earth Right? But then again sometimes 50 years is a long time and a lot can change Plus the early ‘60s was an amazing time of change and Earl Long comes across to my eyes as the last of a uniue breed During Earl Long’s last year in the Governor’s office he had some sort of break down declared mentally unstable and flown against his will to a hospital in Texas under direction of his wife and nephew When Earl got out he continued campaigning for another term even though ineligible His announced plan was to uit shortly before his term expired have the lieutenant governor take over and therefore he would not technically be taking another consecutive termAnyway that was the story that brought Liebling from New York to New Orleans a place he obviously fell in love withAs for the spirit of the times it is hard to imagine such blatant racism so cruel that it makes the Longs Huey and Earl come off as uite magnanimous Or maybe not“the Long family’s position on the Southern issue ‘They do not favor the Negro” a Negro educator once told me “but they are less inflexibly antagonistic than the others’” pg 23Race is a prominent element is this record of that election year 1959 but for all of Liebling’s northern liberality I don’t think he ever mentions talking to an actual black person well aside from the uote just above I guessAJ Liebling must have been uite a character and I like his presentation but I think it does have the feel of a different age of journalism I like it but it is different One thing is that I found it hard to prepare uotes from the book for examples in this review because the ones I really liked were not one liners He sets up a small story and it takes paragraph or two to finish it off It is well worth it but you can’t just take one sentence to show how good he isHis analysis is a little free wheeling such as one of his recurring observations that New Orleans is part of the Arab and Mediterranean cultureThe Mediterraneans who settled the shores of the interrupted sea scurried across the gap between the Azores and Puerto Rico like a woman crossing a drafty hall in a sheer nightgown to get to a warm bed with a man in it Old they carried with them a culture that had ripened properly on the tree Being sensible people they never went far inland All or almost all the interior of North America was therefore filled in from the North Atlantic coast by the weakest element in that incompletely civilized population those who would move away from salt waterThe middle of Louisiana is where the culture of one great thalassic littoral impinges on the other and a fellow running for Governor has got to straddle the line between them Pg 89See what I mean about trying to pull one bit out? One piece is tied to another then another and suddenly I am pasting the whole page in hereHis Levant Louisianna connection idea is I think based on and earlier time’s cliché that was embedded in people’s minds about the nature of the Arab world thenOn meeting the mayor of New OrleansThe ceremonial coffee is a link between Louisiana and the rest of the Arab world It is never omitted even though your host is going to throw you out when you have drunk it pg 54Louisiana and New Orleans especially must have been uite a sight back then Morrison sees no chance of stemming the tide of Federal court decisions He suffers under the disadvantage of living in the contemporary world while the Perezes and Rainachs remain in the Jurassic It is the gift of the Longs that they could straddle the intervening million years Pg 179One of the last political memories before I left the Great State was of the Governor devising political catfish bait The cat is not a fish to be taken on bird feathers with whimsical names It demands the solid attraction of chicken guts surrounded by then aura of asafetida “Smells bad but cats love” the manual saysBut other hands had been setting other troutlines with baits even persuasive to the legislatorsThey the statesmen left the baits on his hooks untouched; they did not seem to be hungry Pg 145And now Uncle Earl himselfWe got the finest roads finest schools finest hospitals in the country yet there are rich men who complain They are so tight you can hear ‘em sueak when they walk They wouldn’t give a nickel to see a earthuake They sit there wallowin’ hundred dollar bills like a bullfrog swallow minners if you chunked them as many as then wan they’d bust Pg 96About his rival Mayor deLesseps S Morrison of New Orleans”I hate to say this I hate to boost old Dellasoups but he’ll be second againhe always referred to him as DellasoupsI’d rather beat Morrison than eat any blackberry huckleberry pie my mama ever made Oh how I am praying for that stump wormer to get in there I want him to roll up them cuffs and get out that little old tuppy and pull down them shades and make himself up He’s the easiest man to make a nut out of I’ve ever seen in my life” The “tuppy” for “toupee” was a slur on Morrison’s hair which is thinning though only Long has ever accused him of wearing a wig Pg 26 if he was going to make up with Mrs Long and if he didn’t think that would help him get the women’s vote in the primary He said “If dat’s da price of victory I rather go ahead and be defeated After all lots of men have lost elections before” Pg 125Oh yeah It’s a very good book
mobi ✓ The Earl of Louisiana ☆ A.J. Liebling
The Earl of LouisianaSubject Liebling remained to write the fascinating yet tragic story of Uncle Earl's final year in politics First published in 1961 The Earl of Louisiana recreates a stormy era of Louisiana politics and captures the st This book is amazing AJ Liebling was a politics and war correspondent but mostly he was really into food boxing and horse racing three subjects which he manages to relate everything to along with ancient Greece and Napoleon He came to Louisiana right after Earl Long was committed to a sanitarium and followed Long's struggle to get back into office It's a really great portrait of the insanity of Louisiana politics