Friday, October 04, 2013

Occassional nudge to aspiring authors

Someday, somebody is going to give us the greatest book ever written about New Orleans and its politics and it will be about the Jefferson family.
The online advertisement describes the two-story vacation rental on South Broad Street as a historic home, surrounded by a peaceful garden utopia. The photos feature antique furniture and elaborate African art.

But the ad makes no mention that the woman who owned it all was found bludgeoned to death last May on her bedroom floor. Nor does it note that her husband, the man who posted the ad hocking the unlicensed bed and breakfast for $850-a-night, remains a “person of interest” in her unsolved murder.
There are many many passages in this article I would like to quote for you because they are jokes (sad jokes, but jokes, nonetheless) which have written themselves.  For example, there's this.
In the advertisement, Archie Jefferson describes himself as a lawyer and a businessman, a former chef, a lover of travel and the theater. He enjoys people, he says in a video accompanying the ad, which is why he believes he will make a fine host.
Or the part where Renee Gill Pratt says Jefferson is a "scam artist" which is saying something.

Or this. 
He includes a video of himself, sitting in an office in a yellow polo shirt, talking about his love for golf and his grandchildren while the pop song “Blurred Lines” plays in the background.
But this is probably my favorite.  
Archie Jefferson, a member of the once-mighty Jefferson political clan, published the ad on the website airbnb.com sometime in the last month, after signing a rent-to-own agreement with the bank that foreclosed on his wife’s house after she died.

“Hey, I’m Archie!” he wrote. “Utopia has been my home for 12 years. It is a quiet, peaceful and lovely setting.”
According toArchie Jefferson's Airbnb ad, the house where his wife was bludgeoned to death (possibly by him) has a name and the name of that house is "Utopia."  That is one of the most amazing things I've ever read.  

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