New Orleans Magazine - May 2012

Faith Hope and Elijah

I had three days’ notice when my baby arrived. Most parents get nine months to prepare, and I suppose if you count all 18 months of adoption preparation that I’d been through, I should have been twice as organized as…

How to Survive a Graduation

It’s a long, hard struggle, but when you finally make it to graduation, it’s like being born all over again. Everybody is real glad for you, but nobody wants to watch the whole thing. Me, I only go to the…

Police and Katrina – in Retrospect

Last month we saw what, we trust, will be the last sentencing of a former New Orleans police officer because of a Hurricane Katrina-related incident. Ronald Mitchell received a 20-month sentence after being convicted of obstruction of justice and lying…

My Father’s Mirlitons

During his retirement, my late father became an accomplished mirliton farmer. He grew them in his backyard where the vines climbed ambitiously over two trellises. Mirliton growing requires some skill; the right parts must intermingle to produce offspring. In season,…

Letters

LINGUISTIC CAUSES Re: The ongoing debate: Poor Boy versus Po-Boy Thank you for fighting the good fight to maintain the proper name for our iconic New Orleans sandwich. I have a running dispute about this with my daughter, who otherwise…

Drama at Sea

Somewhere in the Caribbean, between the western tip of Cuba and the Yucatan peninsula, a small boat bobbed over the waves as it rushed through the dark from Cancun to Royal Caribbean Cruise line’s Voyager of the Seas. Four hours…

New Libraries Speak Volumes

One of the mantras of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans has been to not just rebuild, but to rebuild better and smarter. To get a sense of how this can play out, just take a walk through the newly restored and…

Blue Crabs Get Respect

New Orleans chefs and avid local diners have long held local blue crab in high esteem. Now, people worldwide can tell at a glance that there’s something special about Louisiana blue crab.     This spring, the international Marine Stewardship Council…

Healthbeat

• On May 7, Touro Infirmary will offer “My Aging Brain: Prime Years Seminar.” This free seminar will examine decline in memory and mental quickness in relation to age. Touro speech-language pathologist Chelsea Temple will discuss the anatomy of the…

5 Tips for a Crawfish Boil

1) Crawfish are messy. For easy clean-up, cover tables in plastic bags and set up garbage cans at the end of each table so that guests can easily dispose of the shells. If you have the crawfish boil at a…

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Warm Weather, Cool Openings

May is when the hot weather really starts. It also signals the end of the season during which purists can enjoy raw oysters. Since the advent of modern refrigeration, the common justification for eschewing uncooked oysters is no longer valid,…

Nick Spitzer

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that surprise you. So, when I went to meet “American Routes” host and noted cultural multi-hyphenate Nick Spitzer, I was a little intimidated. I had met him socially before and he has always been…

Re-Bridging Bayou St. John

The historic Magnolia Bridge over Bayou St. John has been closed to vehicles for decades but it still sees plenty of traffic. The iron span, a durable relic of the bayou’s history as a commercial waterway, serves as a daily…

The Alienation of Sal Perricone

“Alienation – an individual’s estrangement from society.” – The American Political Dictionary, Fifth Edition, 1973 n what may have been their last interview together, United States Attorney Jim Letten and Senior Trial Counsel Salvador “Sal” Perricone sat in the Feds’…