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Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps
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Feb 12, 12

Read in June, 2005

The first novel published by Alabama author Ronald Everett Capps, OFF MAGAZINE STREET is the charming story of two lecherous, drunken, and inarguably failed native sons who take to the French Quarter with a morbidly obese former mental patient who freely dispenses sexual favors between bags of Oreos and potato chips. The bathetic woman dies and her daughter Hanna pops up on the two men's doorstep, wearing jeans and insufficient underclothing in addition to spouting even worse language than they do. You guessed it—quicker than you can say "Educating Rita" or the titles of a dozen more Hollywood staples of this type, Hanna is enrolled at Tulane. The book was filmed last year as A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG; for the paperback edition, Johannson offers a lovely, if less than entirely educated, endorsement.

In an interesting side note, Ronald Everett Capps's son, Grayson Capps, is a singer-songwriter who lives in New Orleans and writes songs in which appears a man afraid to eat peaches and who wear the bottoms of his trousers rolled. A literary family indeed.










(originally published in the NASHVILLE SCENE / Village Voice Media)
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Kaytlin It is too obvious to point out the T.S. Elliot reference?


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