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Strange Times in America: Art + Storytelling

“What do you think an artist is? …he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. … Continue reading

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New New Orleans — 10 Years after Katrina (National Geographic Traveler)

As a frequent traveler based in New Orleans I am routinely cornered by well-intentioned folks with furrowed brows asking: “Has New Orleans recovered from Katrina?” In a word: Yes. (That would be a loaded, nuanced “yes”) The trouble with answering this … Continue reading

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Louisiana: The Weirdest Country in America for National Geographic Traveler

“Everything in Louisiana is about layers. There are layers of race, layers of class, layers of survival, layers of death, and layers of rebirth. To live with these layers is to be a true Louisianian. This state has a depth … Continue reading