Robert Morris

Mar 052013

“In a way, her strangeness, her naiveté, her craving for the other half of her equation was the consequence of an idle imagination. Had she paints, or clay, or knew the discipline of the dance, or strings, had she anything to engage her tremendous curiosity and her gift for metaphor, she might have exchanged the restlessness and preoccupation with whim for an activity that provided her with all she yearned for. And like an artist with no art form, she became dangerous.” – Toni Morrision, Sula

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For black writers and lovers of literature alike, Toni Morrison is the messiah, the godmother of black fiction, a figure to be studied, discussed, envied, loved and worshiped.

Morrison’s prose captures the richness of the black American experience in a language that is divine and lyrical. Her stories are dark and dreamy and poetical and political. The themes she explores are unforgettable and uncomfortable. They get under your skin, seep into your consciousness and ooze out of your pores inducing chills of delight – and angst.  That’s what a “good read” does. It changes you. Reading Morrison changes you. Her books can be difficult to access but are insanely popular nonetheless. Morrison sycophants boast of rereading her works multiple times. Her quotes inspire scribes to audaciously push forward and stand a bit taller as writers: “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” Continue reading »

Mar 042013

An NOPD officer investigates the scene of a shooting in the 800 block of Milan Street on Monday evening. (Robert Morris,

A 36-year-old woman was listed in critical condition Monday night after being shot in the neck by a stranger as she walked to her vehicle in a residential block of Milan Street just off of Magazine, police and neighbors said. Continue reading »

Mar 042013

The fire station in the 1200 block of Arabella Street. (image via Google maps)

The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will have a public-safety focus at its March board meeting on Tuesday, hearing from the assistant fire superintendent about changes planned for the Arabella fire station and from the local NOPD commander about crime issues. Continue reading »

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Mar 042013

Owen Courreges

Beretta USA is now the belle of the ball.  New Orleans needs to be an eager suitor.

It all started in January when Maryland Governor Mike O’Malley proposed the “Firearm Safety Act of 2013.” This bill, which has now passed the Maryland state senate on a 28-19 vote, is grotesquely unconstitutional dreck that will severely restrict the Second Amendment rights of Maryland citizens. Continue reading »

Mar 022013

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Students from the Julliard School in New York City will host an evening of music, dance and drama performances Sunday evening (March 3) at Trinity Episcopal Church to benefit the “Shalom Zone” children’s arts program in Central City.

The Music For Peace fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. Children are free but a donation is suggested for adults. Continue reading »

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Mar 022013

“We are happy that this suspect has been taken off the streets and arrested and we’re hoping that the other people involved will also be arrested,” Grace Kaynor told our partners at WWL-TV following the arrest of 20-year-old Byron Johnson in the carjacking and shooting of her husband, attorney Sandy Kaynor, five months ago at Camp Street and Delachaise. Sandy Kaynor remains hospitalized, but Grace Kaynor said she showed her husband Johnson’s photo and he seemed “very distubed,” Tania Dall reports:

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Mar 022013

The Freret Market will bring its eclectic assortment of food stands and local art and clothing vendors to the corner of Napoleon Avenue from noon to 5 p.m. today (Saturday, March 2), along with free performances by Mardi Gras Indian blues band Chawa, Miss Claudia Baumgarten’s Singalong Americana and New Orleans rock band Coot.

Mar 012013

Craig Giesecke

Though much work remains to be done, we’re finally getting to that happiest of all points in restaurant operations – the arrival of the new toys.

Grand openings, or even soft openings, come with pressure. But before that, there is the day (or days) when new stuff you’ve ordered actually arrives. Kitchen equipment, gadgets, machines, tables, chairs, product samples, etc. New inventory either never show up or all arrives at once. When it finally does, there is a Christmas-type atmosphere made better because there is no that-day deadline. Even if it’s stuff you’ve used a million times before and will soon tire of cleaning, washing or using, for a brief few days it is new, untried, and fresh. Continue reading »

Feb 282013

Jim Alty, vice president for facilities management and campus development. at Tulane University, shows the floor plan for an upper level of the Zimple House dormitory. (Robert Morris,

A rendering of the Zimple House dormitory (via

The new Zimple House dorm and Yulman Stadium are both expected to be complete in time for the fall semester of 2014, Tulane University officials said Thursday night in a review of ongoing construction plans. Continue reading »

Feb 282013

A Sixth District task force sergeant stands outside the crime scene marked off at the corner of Camp and Delachaise streets, where a resident was shot in the chest during a carjacking Oct. 2, 2012. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

Byron J. Johnson (via

After a nearly five-month investigation, police have arrested a 20-year-old “possible career criminal” on attempted murder and robbery charges in the October shooting and carjacking of a well-known attorney who lived on the edge of the Garden District, authorities said Thursday afternoon.

Byron Johnson is accused of being one of three people who shot Sandy Kaynor in his driveway near Camp and Delachaise streets, stole several belongings from inside the home while his wife and daughter were inside, and finally stole his SUV, according to a NOPD news release. Forensic analysis of physical evidence was central to the investigation, police said, and the arrests of Johnson’s alleged accomplices are “imminent.” Continue reading »

Feb 282013

Willis L. Turner (via

Detectives have not been able to ascertain any direct connection among three shootings — injuring four people and killing one — around a small area of Audubon Street in the Fontainebleau and Gert Town this month, but police are increasing patrols there until the violence subsides, authorities said. Continue reading »

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