Stop the Presses: Is This The End of the Daily Newspaper?

This fall, New Orleans will become the largest American city without a daily newspaper. After 175 years, the venerable Times-Picayune will lay off a portion of its staff, move to a web-focused news model and print only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. It marks the end of an era. Over the last decade, economic andContinue reading “Stop the Presses: Is This The End of the Daily Newspaper?”

We Few, We Happy Few

For the first time in nine days, I am alone. For nearly a week-and-a-half, I’ve been immersed in the work of producing the Gathering. Every waking moment, I spent in community. And now, I am removed from the work and my friends there — back in the so-called “real world.” My body aches and yearnsContinue reading “We Few, We Happy Few”

Backstage Pass

Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” I’ll be honest — I’m not always the most adventurous person. Sometimes I like routine, structure and predictability. I don’t generally seek experiences too far from what I’m used to and good at. This week is an exception. Last Friday, I arrived inContinue reading “Backstage Pass”

Rhapsody in Blues

Seven years ago, this place sat under water. Salt and freshwater mingled with gasoline and cleaning chemicals. People sat on rooftops, dehydrated, surrounded by water. The media declared it the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Ordinary men and women stepped in while the government floundered. However, despite what you may have heard, reports ofContinue reading “Rhapsody in Blues”

Flash Fiction: Big Easy

Sugar and flour hang thick in the air, swirling in the currents that drift down from a dozen ceiling fans. Squared-off columns divide the space; powdered sugar footprints cake the worn brown tile, snake between tables. Green and white striped awnings flutter in the warm, night breeze off the Mississippi. Waiters and waitresses in whiteContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Big Easy”