In 1980 and again in 1983, a Mobile, Ala. writer named Frank Daugherty interviewed Thelma Toole, mother of the late John Kennedy Toole, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederacy of Dunces. A short excerpt of the interviews was published in the Mobile Press-Register in 2002 but the lions’ share of the material and Frank’s photos have never before been published.
We've also included a short compilation of clips from Frank’s interview tapes, in which Thelma plays original music and performs an impression of Miss Trixie.
- interview and photographs by Frank Daugherty
For nearly two centuries a public ferry has crossed the Mississippi between the French Quarter and Algiers. Now sleek new catamarans zip back and forth, making the passage faster and more reliable.
- by Kim Ranjbar
- photographs by Ellis Anderson
Exactly what are the regulations for walking tours? Are they being changed? What about enforcement of existing ordinances? A French Quarter resident, local tour guide and a Loyola tour guide instructor takes an in-depth look.
- by Frank Perez
- photos by Ellis Anderson
The French Quarter paid homage to entertainer Chris Owens who died April 5, in both the parade that is her namesake and the 21st Annual Gay Easter Parade.
- photos by Jackie Haze