I don’t tend to post stories here — you can find them all on NOLA.com, and someday I will update the clips page — but this one, somewhat off my beat, has a drawn a huge response. Well over 30 people so far have called or emailed me directly asking to pay for Ka’Nard’s 11th birthday party not counting all the posts on social media, calls to the T-P, etc. One of my luckier catches — broke the news that one of the Mother’s Day shooting victims was also a key player in the most shocking shooting of 2012, and his dad’s death in October made the front pages too.
As my friend Paul says, “News is always broken,” and sometimes you have to wonder if the same is true of the rest of the world.
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Date Released: 04/16/2013
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“… what is needed to generate nonfiction? I would say curiosity. It may sound more tepid than obsession or passion, but it is vastly more dependable in the long run. You follow out a strand of curiosity and pretty soon you’ve got an interesting digression, a whole chapter, a book proposal, a book. The solution to entrapment in the narcissistic hothouse of self is not to relinquish autobiographical writing, but to expand the self by bringing one’s curiosity to interface with more and more history and the present world.”
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Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Still Life with Plums
“Still life with plums” is a lovely Google image search. Related searches: “mariage a la mode.” I know I say it’s December. Pretend it’s December and forgive my use of the phrase “real writer,” by which I meant only “person who spends time writing”: I found a painting of plums for you.
Book: Still Life by A.S. Byatt
“Roadrunner” (The Modern Lovers)
“Baby I Believe in You” (Barry and the Remains)
“Wave Backwards to Massachusetts,” live at the Middle East Upstairs, Jan. 4, 2008 (Hallelujah the Hills) (I was there)
“That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate” (Mission of Burma)
If you don’t know Mission of Burma, ye non-New Englanders, read this book next.
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And I tell secrets, albeit not attributed:
– Please forgive if this is stale. What with a rough deadline and my pal Martin in town with Calexico and the usual Thursday “news” of the NYT Styles section and that Pedro Martinez announcement I have skipped the Beyoncé coverage. She’s not one of my personal celebrities so I would have skipped it anyway.
Back when I wrote about music I interviewed a major L.A. live-events audio supervisor who told me that all big-star (not that) performances pair a live singer with a prerecorded track. It’s the engineer’s job to blend the two so the singer sounds live yet perfect. Depending on their abilities, some singers have to sound less live than others.
This happened even with Bruce Springsteen when he did the Super Bowl halftime show: As a compromise, for a prerecorded track they used a special show he played the night before at the arena.
So yes, light can be both wave and particle. Can we get back now to talking about roast pork leftovers and bizarre shows at the Circle Bar?
p.s. Qua xkcd.
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