This site is a production of Domaine du Réal sponsored by the Bureau surréaliste du Roussillon and is posted from the banks of the Agly River in the commune of St. Paul de Fenouillet, France.
The authors are ex-travelers—writer, photographer—living now in the Occitan region of Southwestern France on the ancient Catalan border, in the shadow of Bugarach, on a garrigue’d hillside overlooking on one side the Agly River and, on the other, the Roussillon plain. On clear days we glimpse a silver sliver of the Sea.
Life is a carnival bursting with every theme that word inspires, from Mardi Gras in New Orleans to circus sideshows: a never-ending river of “riotous elements.”
Menu headings will take you to a riotous mixture of poetry, photography, stories, plays, and more. We hope you will be amused and entertained by the show.
Assumption Street is an accurate fabrication of the past, present, and future of life in Mirabeau County: its people and their dilemmas and despairs, catastrophes and successes as they struggle to get through life and find out what lies beyond.
Posts will feature random yet interwoven excerpts from diaries, newspaper & egosphere clippings, assorted fragments of video & audio recordings, and various esoterica. The future of Mirabeau County will also include works from the Ohm Resistance and its samizdat publications.
The stories of the future Mirabeau County revolve around the Madden family (and its extensions) as they live as well as they can on what is left of the Gulf Coast polluted, hurricane-swept, and stigmatized as heretical by the Presidential Purity Police.
Places like the Lost City of Cibola do exist. You will not find them on a map, but you know they are real. Mirabeau County is one such place.
Mirabeau County is located on the Gulf Coast, somewhere between New Orleans and Biloxi. Its primary geographical features include Bay St. Vincent, the Barrier Islands (Salt and Dog), the Salt Island Sound, Emerald Beach, the Loup River, the East Pearl River, Bayou DeSang, and the Piney Woods. Principal towns include the County Seat of St. Vincent, the industrial port town of Port Sulphur, the beach hamlet of Mirabeau Landing, and the upland crossroads of Doyle’s Switch. The population is comprised of a rich mixture European, African, Caribbean, Native American, Vietnamese, and, in recent years, immigrants from Mumbai and Syria.
These are the true facts. The rest is pure conjecture.
Time longa dan rope.
—Old Jamaican proverb