Thursday, November 17, 2005

With Apologies to Ohio

A recent letter to The Times-Picayune from a fellow traveller in Baton Rouge:

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

When Lafcadio Hearn moved to New Orleans in the 1870s, he wrote to a friend back in Cincinnati: "Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth. But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes, than to own the whole state of Ohio."


C. Ward Bond
Baton Rouge


Murph said...

God bless Lafcadio Hearn, and George Washington Cable while we're at it, not to mention the Loyola profs who teach them.

oyster said...

I finally "discovered" Lafcadio Hearn just last year. Better late than never, I suppose.

Murph said...

Dude, Lafcadio is sooooo 1999.