Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Jimmy Domengeaux Chats about His Louisiana Wetlands Photography Exhibition - Jimmy Domengeaux - Wetlands - Interview


"Jimmy Domengeaux on the other hand cut through the crap and stated rather succinctly the reason he photographs Louisiana wetlands..."

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sharon Kopriva: No Small Thing - Hilliard University Museum - Damn, I Missed the Dinner


"...My Mom’s back was hurting from standing in the gallery, and it was time for her martini, so I decided it was best to decline Sharon Kopriva’s invitation to a dinner..."

Monday, September 9, 2019

Sharon Kopriva, Hilliard University Art Museum, To Hell with Time and Space


"...I’ll bet you an expensive bottle of booze, Sharon did exactly that when she floated through walls.."

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tajikistan, Cyrus the Great, Pomegranate and Walnut Stew at Avesta Persian Grill


"Assyria, Greece, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Central Asia, parts of India, Cyrus hoped, would roll over, or spread their legs in exchange for favorable terms as tribute-paying satrapies and vassals."

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Mick Jagger at the Menil Collection, Marcello’s Cafe, and Bobby Keys’ Saxophone


"...I categorically avow that Keys’ Pythian saxophone solo in “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin” is the finest sax arrangement in the history of Rock n roll..."

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Patio at Hugos Restaurant, James Beard and Giotto


"...wanted good marijuana from Oaxaca. Back then we called that coveted weed Oaxacan Gold. Now I’m an old broad who gets giddy over Oaxacan mole sauce.."

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Console Tables, Italy and Jayne Wrightsman



"Why, you might ask, do I give a damn about a frou-frou gilded, curly-leg, marble-top table, the sole purpose of which, is to be displayed against the walls of grand rooms..."

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Custom Made Shutters, Italy, and Other Things


"...Caesar would have looked through shutters to scrutinize torch lights below, while augurs read sheep’s livers for indications of trouble..."

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Long Live Irma Thomas


"...she deepens her voice, brings it to a lower range, intentionally makes it wobbly, with saxophones backing up. The first time I heard it, over 40 years ago, my throat felt tight..." (Photo by Sophia Germer. Credits below.)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dr. John’s Second Line Funeral - New Orleans - A Closer Look


"Dr. John’s second line funeral ... with horse-drawn hearse to carry the coffin, jazz musicians, enormous crowd.." Image: NOLA.com/The Times Picayune

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Slobbering Cow: Questions for Amita Bhatt - Interview


"...you take partial inspiration from the Greek maenads, drunk frenzied bitches who’ll tear you to shreds..."

Monday, June 10, 2019

A Closer Look at Rays Real Pit Bar-B-Q Shack


"The first thing I did was walk to the back of the building, to try to snoop around. I wanted to see the pit.."

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Notes on Irises, Van Gogh, Walter Annenberg, Louisiana Politics - Essay


"...In 1987 Annenberg had a hankering to own van Gogh’s Irises (1889), which..."

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Few Thoughts about van Gogh - Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Essay



"How sad to think he never knew he blasted through the art market stratosphere, never knew Christie’s auction attendees yelled like drunk hockey fans..."

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Shrimp and Grits at Beaux Coo Daiquiris and Cajun Eats - One Year Anniversary


"My Shrimp and Grits story reaches back to 1974, when as a college student in south Louisiana..."

Friday, April 26, 2019

Who cares if the Stones had to cancel? 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest


"...If like me you knew Irma on stage in Nawlins in the mid-1970s when she performed “Wish Someone would Care” and “Ruler of My Heart”..."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Hôtel Lauzun, Hôtel Lambert - Charles Baudelaire, Alexis de Redè on Île Saint-Louis - A Closer Look


"Who wouldn’t want to know about the characters who commissioned and designed the structures, those who ate, drank, did drugs, wrote..."

Friday, March 15, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day Devilry - A Closer Look at “da Channel” New Orleans

"In honor of the Saint, I’m hell-bent on Jameson Irish whiskey.  That’s the drink for me..."

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fresh Pineapple and Memories of Whore Houses - La Grange Bar - Essay


"In my neighborhood in Montrose, it’s especially easy to walk to bars and restaurants.  I could walk to Poison Girl blindfolded if I had to."

Friday, January 11, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019