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Robert Olen Butler: Writing a Sensual New Orleans

By Gino Grieco Robert Olen Butler was born in 1945 in Granite City, Illinois.  In the beginning of his college career at Northwestern, Butler felt that his profession would be acting; his father was a professor at St. Louis University … Continue reading

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless in When the Levees Broke

By Gino Grieco Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke is, at first glance, a bleak look at one of the darkest periods of US politics and governmental ambivalence.  When asked by NPR how Katrina affected him Lee answered, “I was … Continue reading

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Mapping Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery

By Gino Grieco The novel Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it really could not take place anywhere else; the city itself plays a major role in the story, often enabling a discussion of … Continue reading

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