New Orleans Report
The view St. Louis Cathedral from my room at the Bourbon Orleans
I'm in New Orleans! A carload of us -- Cleo Creech, Theresa Davis, Megan Volpert and her lovely wife Mindy -- drove down yesterday for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, which officially kicks off today. The drive down was uneventful, but I twisted my ankle on Wednesday and it still hurts a bit.
After dinner, Cleo, Theresa and I decided to do a pub crawl. We're at the Bourbon Orleans in the heart of the French Quarter, so all the fun gay bars were literally across the street. We stopped by Oz, the Bourbon Pub and then wound up at Cafe Lafitte, where the music was fantastic, the drinks were cheap and the bartender was adorable (hellllooooo, Josh!). My Diva editor Michael Montlack and essayist Lewis DeSimone were at Lafitte's and we had a chance to finally meet in person. There's a great review of the My Diva anthology in the Picayune today. We finally left the bar a little after midnight and we were all sufficiently inebriated.
I'm off to breakfast with the gang, sitting in on some panels and tonight we're going to see Star Trek at the old Prytania Theatre. More soon!