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New Orleans: The first 300 years

Here are details of the programme that accompanies the book of the same title with a foreword by none other than the very excellent Lawrence Powell whose masterful history was reviewed here. Historyirma thomasjohn goodmanlawrence PowellMichael Whitenew orleansWalter Isaacson

A Closer Walk

WWOZ have just launched a website A Closer Walk to “highlight, contextualize and advocate” for the future of these locales. It’s a bit late in the day for this: such a damn shame that so much has already been destroyed. Here are some of the locales that are meaningful to me. Cosimo MatassaErnie K-DoeFats DominoJazzkarnofskyLouis…

Mr. Okra

Speaking of New Orleans characters here is a lovely 60 second outline of the joy this man brings to New Orleans (H/T OffBeat). mr. okranew orleansokra

Mardi Gras Gift Economy

“Throw Me Something, Mister!”: Mardi Gras is much more than a debaucherous party. The exchange of gifts in parades and parties binds New Orleans’ diverse communities together. The importance of giving for its own sake, rather than for prestige or other benefits, is emphasized by krewe anonymity. Mardi Gras law requires that krewe members wear masks…