Midnight Robber

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars I like science fiction. I like Caribbean cultures. But I’ve never looked for the intersection of the two. Actually, now I think about it, I have encountered lots of science fictional themes in reggae lyrics. But certainly I never thought to look for a […]

Nose Straps

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I remember when chin straps used to be deployed in the general vicinity of the chin. Often they’d be a little too short to reach the chin itself, giving an appearance of military severity — but this just looks ridiculous to me. Seriously, what’s up with that?

Samedi Blues Redux

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Misery loves company, and this year I’ve got plenty. To recap ever-so-briefly: Over the last few decades, all the big parades have been consolidated onto what’s now known as the “traditional uptown route” — except one, the biggest of ‘em all, the gaudy spectacle known as Endymion. It’s the one time the festive spirit of […]


Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Having a toddler on your shoulders kind of precludes taking photos. Nevertheless I was able to pop this one off. Here’s Seph and me watching Krewe du Vieux, the best parade of Carnival in New Orleans. KdV is known for its satirical themes, which are often given the raunchiest treatment imaginable. I still remember the […]

Hail Brid

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

No matter how much king cake I eat, it never truly feels like Carnival until I see a parade. That time is here again. Last night we saw the Krewe of Brid in Lakeview. It was so much fun I can’t believe we’d never done it before. They are a relatively new group, still small, […]

Carnival Time

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Yes, it’s that time again. As I’ve noted here before, Twelfth Night is traditionally observed on January 6th in New Orleans, but in other places it’s considered to begin at sundown on January 5th. I guess this relates to the old idea of holidays beginning the night before, like Christmas really seems to start on […]

Mandatory Ejaculation

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I’m sure my parents will be proud to know I’m now the number one result for mandatory ejaculation on Google. Or rather, one of my photos is. Of course, the real blame goes to the Krewe of Spermes, one of the many constituent subkrewes that make up the amazing Krewe de Vieux. All I did […]

Dancing with Beautiful Strangers

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our first plan was to reprise last year’s costumes which we didn’t really get to employ last year. But then it became clear that this Mardi Gras would be unseasonably cool, and perhaps downright cold. Costuming as Olympian deities seemed like it would be uncomfortable, and so I scrambled at the last possible minute to […]

Anatomy of a Hangover

Monday, February 1st, 2010

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35221084@N08/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 I’ve often heard it said that sweet juicy rum drinks can be very dangerous, but that’s really no excuse since I was mixing them myself. The simple fact is that I didn’t pay careful attention to how much I was drinking, and thus I drank too much — way too […]

That Was Fun

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Parties are strange affairs. People gathering together for no other purpose than to celebrate life and enjoy each other’s company. What an ephemeral proposition! And also how wonderful. It’s almost enough to make one suspect that gross material possessions are not the most important things in life. Hmm. We had a great party here yesterday. […]

Persephone Meets Persephone

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Here’s Persephone (my daughter) with Persephone (the float): Also pictured: Persephone’s father and grandparents. In fact, this morning we got a tour of the Rex den from the very kind Dr. Stephen Hales, who also took the photograph. It’s my parents’ first Mardi Gras as well, so this is all new to them. I think […]

Spirits of Spring

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

It’s three weeks until Mardi Gras. I’d been meaning to post something here about masking on Mardi Gras, how it’s pretty much essential to the spirit of the day, how it differs from Halloween, and so forth, for the benefit of my parents who will be coming down for their first Carnival ever. But I’ve […]


Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

And so the season of madness begins again. Allow me to update a little essay I wrote a few years back: Tonight is Twelfth Night, or so I thought. Everybody’s heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas, but few people (in America, at least) know that these are the twelve days after Christmas, starting on […]

Endymion Returns

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

To the relief of everyone Uptown, Endymion is coming back to Mid-City in 2008. Therefore I imagine we’ll be having our annual Samedi Gras party, where you can experience a totally different side of Endymion, far from the madding crowds of Upper Mid-City. Hopefully our renovation will be complete by then. The question is, what […]

Gloomy Lundi

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Just a few days before my father’s operation, two of my closest friends received news that their own fathers were coming, abruptly, to the end of life. Michael went to Nebraska to be with his father. He passed away yesterday. My other friend’s father has stomach cancer and I gather the prognosis is not good. […]


Friday, February 16th, 2007

Xy and I went to see the Knights of Chaos last night. Schroeder’s posted a couple of pictures. It was a good satirical parade that made fun of all our so-called leaders. Last year, I wasn’t really feeling the Carnival spirit until I saw Chaos and Muses. This year, not so much. For one thing, […]


Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Last night was the first and best parade of the Carnival season: Krewe du Vieux. Even though I’ve been pretty down lately and not feeling celebratory, I would never miss this parade. It seemed to me like there were more people turned out to see KdV than I remember in years past. We couldn’t find […]

Call to Carnival

Monday, February 27th, 2006

When I moved to New Orleans back in 1999 I didn’t really know what to expect. Certainly I didn’t anticipate that at age 32 I’d discover a whole new holiday. And not just a new holiday, but an entire holiday season. I’m talking about Carnival, of course, and Mardi Gras, and it’s not really new […]

Editor B for BBC

Friday, February 24th, 2006

BBC Radio Five asked me to record a segment for a show they’re doing next Monday, I think. I don’t know if they’ll use it, but you can listen for yourself now [mp3 audio, about 5MB].


Monday, February 20th, 2006

I missed Barkus, but our friends were there. Good show, y’all.