The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans: And Other Essays

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Garrett County Press, Apr 3, 2012 - Literary Collections - 199 pages
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Codrescu's New Orleans is a layered world of masks that he removes without shrinking from either their horror or their demonic joy. This scented, vibrant, corrupt, dreamy city that habla suneos (speaks dreams) is Codrescu's fertile ground. New Orleans, background and foreground, dressed and undressed, is the story-source of Codrescu's novels, Messi@, Wakefield, and The Blood Countess. You may have heard some of this on NPR, or seen some of the lacier underthings in Codrescu's fiction. NPR commentator and writer, Andrei Codrescu has also written The Poetry Lesson, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, and whatever gets you through the night: a story of sheherezade and the arabian entertainments. New Orleans breathes slyly or quickly in all his stories.

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Read this before my first trip to New Orleans, and learned more about my Romanian friend than the city in America. Codrescu shows the world a face for Romania, one once hidden behind the mask of Dracula, both the Count and Communism. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Andrei Codrescu was born Andrei Perlmutter in Sibiu, Romania on December 20, 1946. He wrote poetry in Romanian literary journals under the name Andrei Steiu. He came to the United States on the 28th of March, 1966, and has since lived in Detroit, New York, San Francisco, Monte Rio, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. He has written poetry, memoirs and essays, and has translated Romanian and French poets into English. In 1989, Mr. Codrescu returned to Romania after twenty-five years and covered, for National Public Radio and ABC News, the bloody coup that overturned the Ceau?escu regime. Mr. Codrescu is a commentator for National Public Radio, professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and the editor of a journal of books and ideas, Exquisite Corpse. He has recently written a movie, Road Scholar, which won the Golden Eagle Award.

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