Marilyn: First it's Bongo not Mongo. And no, I'm not a surfer yet. Before I die though I do plan to ride a wave. I live in Atlanta with my crazy girlfriend and her equally deranged cat. I work as a media specialist in higher education. I get down to Louisiana a couple of times a year. One of the things I like about JLB's books is how well he captures the environment of wherever he's talking about. He and I seem to see the swamp, the bayou, and even NuAwlins the same way.
Rose: I hear what you're saying about Trejo but I think he's a little too Latin for Clete and while Dayton Callie is certainly no dream date, I could hear him doing Clete as much as see him in the role.
Tin Roof Blowdown is the only book about Katrina that I've been able to read. All the excellent non-fiction accounts have angered me too much to finish reading them completely. I love New Orleans as much or more than someone would love a family member. Had the same thing happened to Savannah or Norfolk, I like to think I'd been just as outraged but can't honestly say for sure.