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
Philosophy and philanthropy drive the creative process of local artist and "universe kind of cat," Josh Wingerter.
-story by Reda Wigle
- photos by Ellis Anderson
As she's closing her gallery and packing to move, Harriette Prevatte reflects on four decades spent as a working artist in the French Quarter.
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
From Tucks to Barkus to Mardi Gras day in the Quarter to the mounted police's traditional ride down Bourbon Street to end the Carnival season, photographer and French Quarter resident Andrew Simoneaux caught the energy.
On Halloween in the Quarter, the original VOODOOFEST celebrates its 21st year with drumming, dancing and a ceremony to honor the Ancestors. Meet the Voodoo Priestess who started it all.
- by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
- photos by Ellis Anderson and courtesy Brandi C. Kelley