David Ramsey (b. 1986) was a social studies and writing teacher in the Recovery School District in New Orleans when he wrote this essay, which first appeared in 2008 in the Oxford American: The Southern Magazine for Good Writing. He is currently a third-grade teacher at Victory Youth Training Academy in the city's Ninth Ward. His writings on both food and music have been published in magazines such as Slate and Men's Journal and anthologies such as Best Music Writing (2009), Best American Food Writing (2011), and Cornbread Nation 5 (2010). Ramsey also writes fiction, and in 2010 one of his short stories won an award for fiction given by the University of New Orleans.