Third in the series of daily diary entries by French Quarter writer/historian Frank Perez, this piece considers the comforts of the ordinary.
- by Frank Perez
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Working on the Stewart Butler biography. Reading through old LAGPAC (Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus) brochures. Stewart was heavily involved in this group. Rupee is still asleep. Writing.
Phone interview with a long-time friend of Stewart’s. Some good anecdotes about bar-hopping in the Quarter in the 1970s; specifically Lafitte’s (still dere) and Wanda’s (not dere no mo). Writing.
Contemplating dinner when the cathedral bells start ringing. I go outside to survey my corner of the Quarter. A lone cyclist rides by on Royal as a street cleaner in a bright orange shirt and white mask sprays and wipes down a city trash receptacle, the ones with the handles. I wonder how much COVID those things have spread.
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