Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans

Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans

“Betcha I can tell ya / Where ya / Got them shoooes. / Betchadollar, / Betchadollar, / Where ya / Got them shoooes. / Got your shoes on your feet, / Got your feet on the street, / And the street’s in Noo / Awlins, Loo- / Eez-ee-anna. Where I, for my part, first ate a live oyster and first saw a naked woman with the lights on. . . . Every time I go to New Orleans I am startled by something.”

So writes Roy Blount Jr. in this exuberant, character-filled saunter through a place he has loved almost his entire life—a city “like no other place in America, and yet (or therefore) the cradle of American culture.” Here we experience it all through his eyes, ears, and taste buds: the architecture, music, romance (yes, sex too), historical characters, and all that glorious food.

The book is divided into eight Rambles through different parts of the city. Each closes with lagniappe—a little bit extra, a special treat for the reader: here a brief riff on Gennifer Flowers, there a meditation on naked dancing. Roy Blount knows New Orleans like the inside of an oyster shell and is only too glad to take us to both the famous and the infamous sights. He captures all the wonderful and rich history—culinary, literary, and political—of a city that figured prominently in the lives of Jefferson Davis (who died there), Truman Capote (who was conceived there), Zora Neale Hurston (who studied voodoo there), and countless others, including Andrew Jackson, Lee Harvey Oswald, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Jelly Roll Morton, Napoléon, Walt Whitman, O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, Earl Long, Randy Newman, Edgar Degas, Lillian Hellman, the Boswell Sisters, and the Dixie Cups.

Above all, though, Feet on the Street is a celebration of friendship and joie de vivre in one of America’s greatest and most colorful cities, written by one of America’s most beloved humorists.

Also available as a Random House AudioBook

Title:Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781400046454
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    Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans Reviews

  • Faith

    Well, let's start with the good stuff. As a lover of New Orleans, and literature about New Orleans, I appreciate the little nuggets, historical tidbits, and anecdotes that Roy Blount, Jr. shares in th...

  • Phil Overeem

    Beginning and ending, of course, with The River ("ending" being an operative word in this mid-2005 copyright, in that Roy muses about the imminent destruction of the city by Her Man), with everything ...

  • Amy

    Kind of a fun little book. The chapter about the food was making me very hungry. Not so much the oysters though......

  • Jeff Crompton

    I've been on Roy Blount kick lately, rereading several of his books. I read this one when it came out in 2005, and I enjoyed it even more this time around. When it comes to New Orleans, I put myself i...

  • Erin

    I listened to this as an audio book during my drive to New Orleans. It was a wonderful series of essays on what Blount enjoys and learns from NOLA. He writes beautifully about the food, architecture, ...

  • Todd Martin

    “One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere, like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what the...

  • Frances

    I wanted to like this because I like New Orleans. It was a lot about him and a little about New Orleans....

  • Rob Dhillon

    Good when he talks about food in noo or-lee-ans ... sleazy when he gets to talking about sleaze ... not worth reading by pg. 100....

  • David

    Hmmm. I've only been to NOLA once but had a great time. This book is choppy, odd, insufficient, not particularly enlightening or useful. I wouldn't recommend it. ...

  • Linda

    This book made me nostalgic for the old New Orleans. It's changed a lot after Katrina, mainly with a lot of gentrification. Blount writes a good chapter on the characters you see in the French Quarter...