Local boy is our “Stanley” this year

Cusimano, a 26-year-old graduate of Loyola Law School and a 610 Stomper, was the victor, which was hardly a surprise. The Metairie resident had, in successive rounds, burned himself with a lit cigar and then doused his wound with booze, all in a fit of passion.

“I started seeing the competition and said to myself, ‘If you’re gonna go, you got to go!’ ” he said afterward, brushing away tears that appeared genuine.

He then hoisted his trophy high.

“This may be the best thing that ever happened in my life,” he exclaimed.

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Tennessee On Sale

Since the New Orleans heat isn’t ending anytime soon, we’re extending our Summer Ticket Special.

Book your VIP All-Access Pass by September 16 to enjoy our special rate of $395. That’s a savings of more than $100 off the regular price of $500! The All-Access Pass is your VIP ticket to all the weekend’s panels, master classes, and theatrical events. Plus, you’ll be invited to exclusive non-ticketed soirees, where you’ll mingle with the Festival’s literati over cocktails.

While we’re on the subject of future planning, we recommend booking your Festival accommodation now. Special rate rooms at our host hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, are filling up fast. Book now to receive the discounted room rate of $179 a night available for March 21 through March 25, 2012.