Friday, June 18, 2021


Cablog : Diary Of A Cabdriver - Dege Legg

While many people are familiar with Dege Legg the musician (Santeria, Brother Dege), most are not familiar with Dege Legg the cab driver.  Over a five year span from 2003 to 2008 Legg was a cab driver working the night shift in the swamplands of Lafayette, Louisiana.  During this time he kept a journal documenting the characters that he came across in his cab.  Cablog is a chronological journey and fascinating look at the drunks, drug addicts, thieves and prostitutes as well as the occasional normal person just needing a ride, that he had in his cab.  Just like most cab rides that are just a quick trip here or there, the majority of the stories are just a few paragraphs long with a few taking up a couple pages.  Some are sad, some are scary and a few will even make you feel good and put a smile on your face, and Legg does an excellent job of bringing out those emotions and painting a picture of what he experienced with each fare.  As you make your way through the book you can also see how the job affected Legg as he goes from rookie cabdriver to an experienced one and then on to getting burned out and eventually calling it a day.  Cablog is an outstanding read and gives an incredible insight into what it’s like to be a cab driver on the night shift.

(Brother Dege)

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