Monthly Archives: February 2020

Review of Louis CK’s New Orleans show (Book & Film Globe, Feb 2020)

A few hours before Louis CK’s scheduled 7:30 show on Saturday night, the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans sent me an urgent text: “Due to heightened security, please arrive an hour early.” Oh shit, I thought, they’re worried someone will assassinate Louis CK. But no, … Continue reading

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Obit of Geoff Douville, guitarist of Egg Yolk Jubilee (OffBeat, Feb. 2020)

I can’t write a regular obituary in this case, because I was just too close to Geoff Douville, 48-year-old guitarist for Egg Yolk Jubilee, who died last Saturday. An irreplaceable friend, Geoff represented most everything I love about New Orleans. … Continue reading

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LA Wildlife and Fisheries stocks ponds with non-native rainbow trout (Louisiana Weekly, January 2020)

A legendary sportsman’s paradise, Louisiana can now count rainbow trout among the fish available to catch and eat – at least during the wintertime. On Tuesday, January 21, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Get Out and Fish! program … Continue reading

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Review of Leslie Jones’s “Time Machine” special (Book & Film Globe, January 2020)

Leslie Jones never fit in on Saturday Night Live. Both her personality and her look–six-feet tall with another six inches of spiked up, punk rock hair–were both so big, she never seemed meant to blend in and play characters from … Continue reading

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Why Louisiana is the canary in the climate change coal mine (Vice, Nov. 2019)

On especially nice days, I walk with a cocktail out the door of the Old Point Bar in the sleepy Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans and head up the tall grass levee. At the top, as I sip, I look … Continue reading

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Review of Dave Chappelle’s “Stick and Stones” special (Book & Film Globe, Sept. 2019)

Dave Chappelle opens his newest Netflix special, Sticks and Stones, with a bit about how Anthony Bourdain killed himself despite having “the best job that show business ever produced.” He compares Bourdain to an underemployed friend of Dave’s, who Dave believes should consider suicide. … Continue reading

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On Louisiana’s spillways as tourist attractions (Atlas Obscura, July 2019)

READ THE WORDS “FLOODED FRIES” on a restaurant menu, and what comes to mind? An image of soupy cheese drowning a plate of fried potatoes? Skinny tater tots topped with sausage gravy? At the Spillway Café in Morganza, Louisiana, the … Continue reading

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Review of Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot (Book & Film Globe, May 2019)

Picture this: you’re stuck in a time warp, which forces you to re-experience the same rehashed ideas over and over and over and over. Maybe until someone gets it right? Or perhaps no one ever will. Do you keep watching? … Continue reading

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Cage-farmed oysters (Modern Farmer, March 2019)

During times when traditional farmers can be found working their soil, Brandi Shelley and her father and brothers are out on the water on Bayou Hertesa near Port Sulpher, Louisiana, tending to dripping wet cages full of growing oysters. “The summer is the busiest season for … Continue reading

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Review of Amy Schumer’s comedy special “Growing” (Book & Film Globe, March 2019)

Having run out of well-recommended Netflix products to consume, I poured myself a thick bubble bath and a glass of rosé. I lay down in the warm water to watch comedian Amy Schumer’s new stand-up special, Growing. Many had written … Continue reading

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