Two years ago when I approached Joel Fletcher about this project, he recommended I contact Louisiana artist Elemore Morgan, Jr. who had lived in the apartment above Toole in Lafayette from 1959-1960. I delayed and I missed my opportunity to speak with him before he passed away.
But yesterday I enjoyed a lovely conversation with his wife. She is now going through many of her husband’s papers and there is a good chance she will find more material that could help me bring readers into the moment of Toole’s life in Lafayette in 1960. Toole formed many lasting friendships in that year. And in his friends he had an audience that enjoyed his short tales of New Orleans life.
Here is a short video about Morgan’s work.