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Bayou Maharajah

Genius — born on this day. For more on Booker check out the documentary Bayou Maharajah. Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Bookerboogie woogieJames Bookermusicnew orleanspiano

John Kennedy Toole

Born on this day. Every thing you need to know about Toole can be found here (documentary), here (biography) and here (review of aforementioned bio). Stay tuned for the forthcoming theatrical feature based upon JKT bio. When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against…

New Orleans Remix

Worth checking out this recently published book. As has been variously argued, jazz as a spontaneous order makes a nonsense of the vulgar rationalisms peddled by the “cultural appropriation” fundamentalists. Conversationjack sullivanJazzmusicnew orleansregressive leftSpontaneous order

India meets NOLA

As a Brit living in North America if ever there were a cuisine that I have regular cravings for it is Indian, Indian long-since becoming the national cuisine, a most welcome antidote to the grimness of the then-British cuisine of the early ’70s. Inevitably, there is so much schlock out there or if one goes…

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