The servant problem

In a NYT review of the one (wo) man show, “Blanche Survives Katrina,” the Blanche duBois character, recountinging her experiences at the Superdome in the hurricane’s aftermath, says, “Everyone there appeared to be someone’s maid, yet the place was filthy.”


  1. Dirigo says:

    I have that impression of myself after cleaning up for my dog.

    It never stops.

  2. Karen M says:

    And, the most important question… was anyone being offered payment in exchange for cleaning? I thought not.

  3. cocktailhag says:

    On drag queen humor…. How can you not love the hairier than average girls who called themselves things like:
    Ida Slapter
    Dora Jarr
    Hedda Lettuce
    Sofonda Peters
    Anybody else heard a good one?

  4. Jim Montague says:

    Nellie Knowitall
    Natalie Dressed
    Jean Pool
    Chris Coe
    Marsha Dimes
    Georgia Peach

    • cocktailhag says:

      “Marsha Dimes” is my favorite, although it carries a slight taint of altruism, which may or may not be warranted. One novelist I liked, whose name I disremember and whose book has been lost to sloppy lending practices at the Cocktailhag News Network, had characters named Kitty Litter and Faye DuWeigh, although as I recall they were actual women.

  5. Jim Montague says:

    The first six were mine but now I’m cheating.
    Andrea Dorea
    Anita Bath
    Auntie Christ
    Bessie Mae Mucho
    Blanche Debris
    Blanche Dividian
    Carmen Dioxide
    Carrie Oakey
    Clare Boothe Luce Change
    Crystal DeCanter
    Tequila Mockingbird
    Lois Carmen Denominator

    • cocktailhag says:

      If cheating is wrong, who wants to be right? Each name, from Anita Bath, to Lois Carmen Denominator, is a thing of pure beauty, although admittedly their namesakes probably aren’t.
      Kind of makes me want to be a drag queen myself, if it weren’t for all the work. Thinking up a name would be the best part.

  6. Jim Montague says:

    Here is the website where I found those names. Enjoy!