Whitehead: Why did you decide to settle in Algiers, which at that time was home to various military bases, rather than in one of the traditional bohemian neighborhoods?
WSB: Yes. Because it was a hell of a lot cheaper. Real estate there was the cheapest. I got that house for $7,000 something.
Whitehead: Any memories of different New Orleans neighborhoods you visited, music, riding the ferry?
WSB: The Quarter, strange plays…Didn’t get around too much.
Whitehead: There may be irony in having a literary marker commemorate your Algiers home, a place where you lived briefly, perhaps unhappily. Did you produce any writing there?
WSB: Oh yes, quite a bit. And I wouldn’t say I was particularly unhappy there.
Whitehead: So it wasn’t all that bad?
WSB: No, it wasn’t. Not at all.