The Peculiar Genius Of Lafcadio Hearn by RL Reeves Jr

It was an only-in-New Orleans moment. Hundreds of people crowded onto balconies in the French Quarter as a brass-heavy marching band honked their way down Bourbon Street. The mob was chanting “Lafcadio…Lafcadio…Lafcadio.”

What makes it remarkable is that Lafcadio Hearn had quit our city some 130 years earlier in 1887 for the greener pastures of Martinique in the Caribbean Sea.

He would die in 1904.

And over a century later a raucous street party would fete the man who famously spoke on New Orleans saying “…it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.”

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