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Button Sunday

February 22nd, 2009 (11:20 am)

current mood: amused

When Greg was in Houston, we had an enjoyable discussion of New Orleans street names and Southern place names in general. We Southerners tend to find it charming to pronounce things the way we damn well please (the Alabama towns of Lafayette and Arab come to mind, as does Versailles in Kentucky), and New Orleans offers up a wealth of examples.

I hadn't realized that all nine Greek Muses (Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania) have New Orleans streets named for them, and considering some of the street pronunciations, the Muses themselves might not realize it.

Since that conversation, the Muses have been much on my mind (which means they will surely find their way into my fiction). I suppose over time, many of us have forgotten the Muses and which art or science they inspire, instead developing a more personal concept of a muse.

Who or what inspires you?


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