The Land of Hurricanes and Happiness


  1. Anyone who includes Baton Rouge on a list of supposedly “happiest cities” should be interrogated under torture until he reveals his motives, which will, no doubt, be found sinister.

    Have I ever told you about my dark Conradian odyssey into that Godforsaken city aboard the true Infernal Machine, the Greyhound Scenicruiser? It was rather traumatic. Actually, I fear my valve may never recover. It is certainly not a tale I would relish recounting.


  2. Huh. And here I thought there were Waffle Houses all over the South.

    I’ll be happy to report back on the veracity of this claim as soon as the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing processes my application to become its writer in residence for 2015.


    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Don’t forget your fallback: You have submitted a new application for the Amtrak deal, right?

      ‘I think I can… I think I can… I think I can… I think I can….’

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    You know who’s unhappy? Brian Williams. That delivery made me die a little inside.

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Does anyone here know Morse Code? I just wonder if he was blinking a message past his captors.

  4. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    [M]odern man has lost his way, has not the faintest notion who he is or what he is doing, and nothing short of catastrophe will bring him to his senses. At the height of a hurricane, husbands come to themselves and can even embrace their wives.

    –Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book (New York: Open Road Integrated Media, 2011), Nook edition, chap. 8.

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