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View From Your Table

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Dessert at dinner tonight. The eater of the dessert was the great actor Wendell Pierce, who played Bunk Moreland in The Wire, and Antoine Batiste in Treme. TAC’s Noah Millman, who is also an independent film producer, and I had dinner with Wendell at Gautreau’s, on Soniat Street. Wendell has a role in a film Noah’s working on, and Wendell and I have been involved with a project together, more on which later. I’ve had the chance to get to know Wendell’s extended family, and it’s hard to express the degree of admiration I have for them, and for him. I’ve learned so much from the time I’ve spent with that family, and it has changed, and is changing, the way I see things. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime in the future, though. Suffice it to say that this time with them has been an unexpected and undeserved blessing.

I just got home from the city, and have to get up before daylight tomorrow to finish a TAC piece before the big move. This is the last night in our St. Francisville rental house. We’re moving tomorrow to the Starhill place we bought. Posting will be light on Friday. Y’all be good.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention something very odd that happened. Wendell was telling me late yesterday afternoon a very, very cool story about something Catholic he did (like many black South Louisianians, he’s Catholic), and I thought, “I’ve got to tell Raymond Arroyo about this.” Raymond, as you may know, is the anchorman who runs the news operation at EWTN. We’ve known each other for years, and have a funny habit of bumping into each other on trains, in bars, on the National Mall, and so forth. A couple of hours later, Wendell, Noah and I are having dinner, when who should walk in but … Raymond Arroyo! I kid you not. Raymond lives in DC, but he’s a New Orleans native, and just happened to be in town last night and meeting a couple of priests for dinner. Turns out Raymond went to NOCCA, the New Orleans performing arts high school. He and Wendell met last night as alums. What are the odds?

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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