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- When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
- Where: Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA view map
We think this may be the first literary novel with an atheist narrator--definitely one set in New Orleans!
An Organized Panic by Patty Friedman is a rare - if not unprecedented - novel for atheists: it's literary and contemporary, but no sci fi or fantasy elements. For NOSHA readers it has the added element of having been described as "another tale told in the darkly humorous Friedmann voice - and set in the New Orleans only a native would know."
This story sets born secular humanist Cesca against her brother Ronald, a later-in-life evangelical Christian. It's a serious struggle, each trying to prove the other is not above board, but we hear the comic Friedmann of Secondhand Smoke and Eleanor Rushing. After all, Ronald runs a business called JesusCleanup. Organized Panic took second place in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition. Read more about Friedman here.
- When: Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am
- Where: Crescent Park , 1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70117, New Orleans, LA view map
This has become an annual event for NOSHA fans and who can't use a good walk now and then with friends, right? NOSHA member Clay Richard will once again be our dependable captain.
The money goes to a very good cause and we'll set up a team page to make it official, so you can register ahead of time.
You can sign up as a member of the team and/or donate here: https://tinyurl.com/y9fkt7al
The walk officially begins at 10am.
Someone once told me that opening up your Facebook app was like going to the neighborhood bar. The lyrics:
"Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
soon came to mind and continue—complete with the sappy melody from the Cheers sitcom theme of the '80s—to initiate a daylong ear worm every time I think about it.
For my purpose, the barroom analogy may be well-suited. Whether you sit there reading, scrolling—latte or Red Bull within arm's reach of your keyboard—or with elbows and forearms prone on the counter guarding the micro-brew standing between them, with a co-relaxant/conversationalist on the next barstool, the inevitable interloper will walk through the door. How she got here if she were not otherwise on a "Friends with" list or a page group member, we may not know, possibly gaining entry through algorithmic aberrations of the Facebook master plan to have eventually everyone become friends of everyone else. But your space is public, just like the pub, so no explanation is ultimately necessary—it just happens. But this character is not the overly-welcomed Norm or the just-irritating trivia monster Cliff of Cheers, but a full-on goddamned troll; and just when you thought the day's stress was evaporating with each passing minute, she's on a mission. The analogy fails when, as most in-the-flesh disagreeable strangers keep to themselves in public settings like pubs, the newcomer, seeing a group expressing opinions contradictory to his own, is more likely to grab a stool at the far end of the bar. Likewise the troll without the cover of his basement or bedroom, or the road-raging driver without two tons of Ford F-150 armor is effectively neutered. Isolation seems to bring out the worst in us.
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