Emma Fick was born in Covington, Louisiana in 1991. After completing her degree in English literature and art history, she moved to Serbia and began to chronicle its culture in a series of illustrations called “Snippets.” After she published her first book, Snippets of Serbia, in 2015, she returned to New Orleans and began working on her second. Snippets of New Orleans was published in 2017.
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 6
Snippets of New Orleans
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Snippets of New Orleans
FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
Snippets are fragments of things. They are people observed, foods consumed, ornaments spotted: a man on a streetcar, crawfish shells on the sidewalk, an ornate cornstalk-shaped fence.
I believe that to immerse oneself in a place means to try and hold all its elements, past and present, grandiose and mundane, in a single plane of vision. This is, of course, impossible. The result is fragments, vignettes. In Jackson Square, for example: a vision of the first French settlers coming up the Mississippi alongside the sight of a garishly painted street performer harassing passers-by. If we cannot hold all facets of a place in our mind at once, I think the next best thing is to honor our fragmented understanding, to see in “Snippets.”
I learned and re-learned a lot of things making this book. I learned that even in my “home” in Louisiana I feel I am an outsider peering into a window. I re-learned how beautiful and bizarre New Orleans is, how every street has a distinct personality. . . . I re-learned that I know very little about anything, and that the more I learn the more I realize how little I know. I learned that asking for entry into people’s personal lives is complicated and requires a lot of mental and ethical somersaults.
This book is my most earnest and honest reflection of New Orleans: triumphant and tragic, gaudy and gritty, elegant and ugly, rich and poor, a city that embodies all these and other polar opposites with a perverse kind of grace. My account is flawed and incomplete in the way all our experiences are flawed and incomplete: there are always vistas left to see, flavors left to try, stories left to hear; there are assumptions made, words misunderstood, histories distorted.
May this book communicate the New Orleans I know, and may you weave your own New Orleans truth between the pages.
- Emma Fick
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