BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA — Some like to live on the edge of chaos, to feel the heat of the fire as they approach but never touch. Local bartender Dana Mitchell embodies this spirit.

“No thanks, I’m all good,” she said to the barback with one hour until close. “This ice will get me through.”

The barback backed away slowly, as if she were a martyr of the shift and it were the last time they would ever see her again.

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