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post May 24 2012, 02:30 PM
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I found a story called At the Corner of Absinthe and Anisette, by a man called M.E.M. Davis. Apparently it is included in a collection called An Elephant Track and Other Stories.

I can't find much information about this man online. Can you tell me anything about the man or the book?


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post May 24 2012, 05:33 PM
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I can tell you that he had unusual equipment for a man.
M. E. stands for Mollie Evelyn. She was named Mary Evalina at birth.

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fda44

http://www.oxygenee.com/Absinthe-and-Anisette.pdf

If you see the word "banquette" in a story, you can be pretty certain it takes place in New Orleans.

The Destrehan plantation house still stands, maybe 20 minutes drive from where I'm sitting.

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/louisiana/des.htm

I remember it as it looked in the lower photo on that page, when it was just another old house along the river.



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post May 24 2012, 09:23 PM
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I attended the fall festival there a year or so back.

There was stage out back, with a band playing the customary second-rate swamp pop crap to a large crowd. On the front porch of the house was a group with string bass, banjo and fiddle, playing to maybe a dozen people. I dropped $20 into the tip jar and told them they belonged on the main stage, which was nothing but the truth. They told me to tell it to the organizers, but I don't waste my time with rent-seekers.


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