Category Archives: MPW’s published writing

The story of U.N.L.V.: Uptown Niggas Livin Violent (Narratively. November 2014).

New Orleans Rapper Tec-9 steps onto a helicopter to be flown to his lucrative gig. He’s been off work for two weeks but is about to embark on twenty-eight straight days of giving people what they need. “Mondays I cook … Continue reading

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A Rape Changed Things Forever at New Orleans’s Country Club (Vice. November 2014).

This summer, Maria Treme was dru​gged and sexually ​​assaulted at the Country Club, a clothing-optional pool and bar in New Orleans’s Bywater neighborhood. On June 30 she spent several hours there, soaking up rays in the buff while sipping margaritas. Then, at some … Continue reading

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Six stories from travel site NewOrleans.me (Oct/Nov/Dec)

1) About the film “Oil & Water,” which explores the complicated relationship between indiginous Louisiana Cajuns, and the oil industry: http://www.neworleans.me/journal/detail/743/Oil-Water-Explores-Cajuns-and-Oil-industry 2) An overview of Filipino History in New Orleans: http://www.neworleans.me/journal/detail/761/NOLA-Filipino-History-Stretches-for-Centuries 3) About the funky, homemade “Blues Museum” in Algiers … Continue reading

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How the ferry’s truncated hours effect Algiers’ culture and business (1A story, Times-Picayune. Aug 2014).

Neil Timms has lived in Algiers Point for 10 years, the last four-and-a-half as the owner of Crown and Anchor, the self-described “authentic English pub” at the corner of Pelican Avenue and Bouny Street, one block from the Mississippi River. When he bought … Continue reading

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The White Guy Who Claimed He Invented Jazz (Narratively. Aug 2014).

Carol Tyner rolls up to the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans in a beautifully restored maroon 1948 Mercury. She drives the car to promote the legacy of her father, Dominic James “Nick” LaRocca, a Sicilian-American cornetist, trumpeter and bandleader … Continue reading

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Let Me Clear My Goat (radio piece, WWNO/NPR. Sept 2014).

This is the story of how my wife Morgana King entered into a business agreement… with a bunch of goats. It all began with just one goat, our pet, Chauncey Gardner: “We were joking about getting a goat instead of a … Continue reading

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A Slut discusses trying out for Black Flag, Henry Rollins, and suicide (VICE. Aug 2014).

The internet is still mad at Henry Rollins. Dee Slut, however, is not—even though Rollins beat Dee Slut out of a job singing for Black Flag back in 1981. Luckily Slut (a.k.a. Dave Turgeon) got the booby prize of becoming a … Continue reading

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NOLA Police brutality protest in wake of Ferguson (LA Weekly. Aug 2014).

Lafayette Square Park was tightly roped off when a couple hundred protestors gathered there last Thursday night to express their outrage with out-of-control police violence in Ferguson, Mo., New Orleans, and beyond. Amid cries of “Justice for Mike Brown!” head … Continue reading

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Local writer publishes children’s book (The Advocate. Aug 2014).

Local writer and graphic novelist Gabe Soria loves issue No. 13 of the “Batman 66” comic book series from D.C. Comics — partly because Soria wrote the story, illustrated by renowned New York artist Dean Haspiel. “Batman 66 is a … Continue reading

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[radio piece] The Root Progression: Teaching In A Uniquely New Orleans Way At The Heritage School Of Music (WWNO/NPR. July 2014).

This fall, the 24-year-old Don Jamison Heritage School of Music will move into its first permanent home on Rampart Street, across from the French Quarter. The building’s façade is being sanded and painted for a December opening. “All the classrooms are gonna … Continue reading

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