Gecan Speakin’

The End Is Near ... Relatively Speaking

We've hit on signs of the end times here before, but we haven't stirred the pot in a while, so I thought I'd have a go at it. I've applied a completely scientific method to my reseach and analysis. And…

Where Does Our News Come From?

Earlier this week, my editor, Errol Laborde, lambasted Steven Newhouse and Advance Media's comments that dismissed as "noise" the rumblings of dissatisfaction from the recent changes at the Times-Picayune. Specifically, he dubbed that "guy in New York" as "the opposition."…

The Times-Picayune's Internet Problem

The transmogrification of the Times-Picayune has brought up two major issues; the first is the free-for-all debate about the "future of journalism" and the second is the issue of Internet access in New Orleans. Leaving aside the first issue momentarily,…

The Changing Times (Picayune)

It's a newsman's nightmare: Reading about your own newspaper's downsizing in another newspaper. That was how the staff of the Times-Picayune found out that many of them will soon be out of work - in a tweeted report from the…

In Case We Missed It, May Edition

As we've mentioned before, we try to give you all proper notice when local authors put out notable work, or when national authors put out work of local import. But there's not always enough space in Read+Spin - apparently, there…

Show Us Your Pics ... Again

We tried this a few months ago with, admittedly, mixed results. But we at MyNewOrleans.com are nothing if not stubborn, willing to subject you, our dear readers, to attempt after attempt until we get a thing right. (For more evidence,…

Top 5 Reasons to Try a Short Race

A couple months back I participated in a Herculean carnival of endurance-sport obstinacy. In a fit of temporary insanity, I signed up for Rouge-Orleans, and in a subsequent fit of charismatic persuasiveness I talked five people into doing it with…

Bet Big

"All In," and Other Films This Weekend

No, Really, It's From Craigslist

Thirty percent of my physical possessions and 70 percent of my living arrangements are Craigslist discoveries. That is not necessarily to say that the roommates I've found on Craigslist are of any higher caliber than, say, the 25-inch Sony Trinitron…

Two New Coffee-Table Titles

Between this column, Read & Spin and Today's Top Events, I try to force as much book- and literature-related information on you all as you're willing to suffer, but sometimes books come across my desk and I can't find a…

March Movie Madness

March is shaping up to be a solid month for film in New Orleans. The main act, of course, is the nationwide release of the New Orleans-shot 21 Jump Street. The film does not seem to cleave too strictly to…

How To Be a Writer in New Orleans

So how does one become a writer in New Orleans? Literary clichés of absinthe and sackcloth aside, there are more resources than you might imagine in the Big Easy for folks trying to "make it" or just get their words…

Why Mardi Gras is Awful

Since Eve Kidd Crawford and I can never agree, we’re doing another point-and-counterpoint-style blog series this week. Unfortunately for me, that means I had to come up with five things that suck about Mardi Gras, since she got the cake…

Spring Race Calendar: How Far Will You Run?

Tomorrow I’m running from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. That’s an exaggeration. Actually, it’s a boastful perversion of the truth. I’m part of a six-person relay team running from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Five-sixths of the time, I’ll be…

"Start with What's Right in Front of You"

Constance Adler began composing the vignettes that would ultimately form My Bayou: New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover in 2004. This was before two of the seminal events in the story—the literal whirlwind of Hurricane Katrina and the…

The Other Side of Kids and Facebook

This week, for a special companion edition of our Friday blogs, Eve Kidd Crawford and I decided to open up a hornets' nest for you all to try and close: The issue of children and Facebook. I concede that I…

2011 in Pictures

So, some stuff happened this year. Some of it was good. Some of it was bad. A lot of it was weird. Most of it was some combination of those three. Here at MyNewOrleans.com, we like to think we draw…