Roy Blount Jr., humorist-novelist-
-screenwriter-philologist-biographer of sorts, is the author of nineteen books. His biography of Robert E. Lee, part of the Penguin Lives series, was published in May 2003. A regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, he has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, Tonight Show, David Letterman Show, Today Show, and Politically Incorrect. Blount’s essay here is excerpted from his new book, Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans (Crown).