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What Is Success? Fare Thee Well, Allen Toussaint

New Orleans composer, producer and piano doctor Allen Toussaint died last night following a concert in Madrid. He was 77 years old. I learned his name first as the songwriter of “What is Success?” recorded in the 1970s by Bonnie Raitt. It wasn’t the first time I heard is music, I just didn’t know who wrote the hits for Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, and many other R&B singers. Wish I could be in New Orleans to dance in his Second Line! Continue reading






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Finding a Flaneur in “The Moviegoer”

Certification, repetition, rotation, the genie-soul of a place – I found the footsteps of Walter Benjamin and “Return of the Flaneur” throughout The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. No sooner had we finished reading it than I wanted to start all over again at the beginning, ready to annotate the text to make my case.






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All Together Now: “Spill, Baby, Spill!”

This happens whenever I doze while listening to Morning Edition. I had this crazy dream. All those patriotic delegates at the Republican National Convention – the smiling mob who roared at Sarah Palin’s self-congratulation about pit bulls and lipstick – every one of them flew to Louisiana on their own dime. BP and the Chamber of Commerce didn’t pay a penny. And they were mucking around in the swamps with baggies and soda straws, prepared to siphon oil off sick birds. And Rudy Giuliani was cheering them on: “Spill, baby, spill.”






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Asian Carp: If You Can’t Beat Them, Eat Them

While environmentalists in the Great Lakes region worry about the spread of Asian carp, Louisiana chef Philippe Parola says we should relax and think of new ways to eat the invasive species. The first step is the golden rule of seafood marketing: change the noxious name. Silver fin gumbo goes great with kudzu salad.






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Café Mouffe: Tarace Boulba

No, this isn’t the Rebirth Brass Band. It isn’t New Orleans, either, , but it could be. You can go ahead and second-line. Don’t sit down. This brass band is  Tarace Boulba from Paris. Their 2006 and 2008 concert clips … Continue reading






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