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The national press on John Bel Edwards, Fleurty Girl and Nick Offerman’s as Ignatius Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces


"Mr. Edwards' victory on Saturday was impressive, but it bears no significance beyond local circumstances," pronounced the New York Observer's Cliston Brown. "In 2016, Democrats would be ill-advised to spend any time or precious resources in any Southern states besides Florida, Virginia and maybe North Carolina, those three least Southern of any Southern states. The rest of the South is still solid for the Republicans. You can take that to the bank." ...

"As Gov.-elect Edwards and his supporters were basking in the rays of an impossible mission made possible, Republicans were already quietly discussing 2019 and the next race for governor," wrote Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics. "There are already at least a dozen conservative House members who will be dedicated to softening the governor-elect up over the next four years, especially on issues that appear slightly blue to their red motives."   Alford quoted Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere as saying, "Edwards espoused many of our conservative positions in order to get elected, and it's our hope that he continues to abide by them as he governs." ...

Scott McKay, kingpin of the Baton Rouge website The Hayride, which was very supportive of Vitter, is over the whole election. In a post titled, "I'm Taking Off For a Week," McKay warned, "I am not sanguine about the prospects for Louisiana's future, and frankly I'm going to be thinking about whether to include myself in it."

  McKay even hinted he may be stepping away from The Hayride to start another blog. "Not about politics, which I am more and more convinced is an expensive and destructive, if unfortunately very consequential, waste of time," McKay wrote. "This one will be about culture, which as Andrew Breitbart taught us is upstream from politics." ...

Cosmopolitan profiled New Orleans-area entrepreneur Lauren LeBlanc, aka Lauren Thom, aka Fleurty Girl, in a feature called "Get That Life: How I Started A Multimillion-Dollar T-Shirt Company With My Tax Refund." In it, LeBlanc remembers her first job: "I was booking all-ages punk rock shows on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. ... So I made a little magazine — literally at Kinkos — and then I would book all-ages shows with the bands featured in the magazines. ...

  "But my mom was really concerned because I was this 15-year-old doing verbal con-tracts with bands and music venues at night in the French Quarter. So she made me stop," LeBlanc says. "But that experience made me realize that if I can create something, I can make it happen. I knew there were no boundaries." ...

That Boston production of A Confederacy of Dunces got a very mixed notice from The New York Times' Charles Isherwood. Nick Offerman might seem an ideal Ignatius Reilly, but Offerman "needs more outlandishness, more outrage, more heft," Isherwood wrote. Worse, the purposefully minimal set excludes a hot dog cart, which seems a bit like The Phantom of the Opera minus the chandelier.

  Overall, Isherwood wrote, the production has "not been able to seize hold of [the novel's] inimitable genius and make it bloom, or bloat, into ripe life. Much like the drinks served at the Night of Joy, the dive bar in New Orleans around which the plot spins, the stage version feels watered down."

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