The Urgency in My Leisure

Since grading my last final exams about a month ago, I’ve found myself in a peculiar situation: I’m still employed (and getting paid!) until the end of this month, but I don’t have any work to do for Tulane and haven’t yet lined up my next opportunity.  This has left me with an awkward schedule. Continue reading “The Urgency in My Leisure”

Eating My History: Shellfish and Shabbas in New Orleans

Over the last week I’ve been thinking about how New Orleans culture is like a cauldron of gumbo: a crazy hodge-podge of ingredients that don’t seem like they can possibly go together but somehow manage to produce something delicious.  This isn’t an original observation, of course, but I recently experienced a few things that reallyContinue reading “Eating My History: Shellfish and Shabbas in New Orleans”

Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s been a busy time for us here in New Orleans with parades every night from Wednesday through Mardi Gras itself, and all day on Saturday and Sunday, too.  So I wasn’t able to do a normal post this week (I promise to get after it soon!), but I do want to finish off BlackContinue reading “Happy Mardi Gras!”

“You’re gonna gain some weight”

It was a humid morning in early June of 2013.  Mallory had just accepted her position at Tulane and we’d made a last-minute trip to New Orleans to look for apartments.  Moving is intimidating under normal circumstances, but we were really in the thick of it.  Just the week before we’d driven from Virginia toContinue reading ““You’re gonna gain some weight””