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Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Adventures in going nowhere

I first connected with Pico Iyer in 1992, through the pages of “The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto,” a book of his that was making a splash that year. A copy arrived in the newsroom and somehow landed on my… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Going hog wild

Dear Smiley: To continue suggestions of running with the bulls, reindeer, or nutria, here’s another suggestion — feral pigs. We have an abundance in the Felicianas we would love to share. My neighbor had two cross her driveway the… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: Attacks on immigrants a political land-mine

In a 1755 essay, Benjamin Franklin worried that newly arrived Germans threatened to become “a colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them.” Even back in the day, says Stanford University professor… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Officials waving a big unconstitutional stick

JFK was still alive, so New Orleans DA Jim Garrison had not yet had a chance to earn his global reputation as a crackpot. He did, however, come across as a bit of a wildman when he called a… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: Is the good fight enough anymore?

You could say U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s bid to get the lame-duck Democratic Senate to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline was a Hail Mary. Or maybe the whole episode seemed like a vintage Keystone Kops movie.… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Joy in the fight, bruise in the result

— Mary Landrieu’s Keystone pipeline gambit pretty much played out, as the headline writers put it, as a “hail Mary” pass — a desperate attempt, with the clock running out and the score against her, to change the outcome of… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: LSU may dive deep into bowl pool

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGKentucky linebacker Tyler Brause (10) can't hold on as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Among many things, LSU’s hollow 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas on Saturday was like a cannonball leap into the pool. Dropping LSU to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play, the defeat certainly took the Tigers out of College Football Playoff… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Kathleen Blanco, Steve Oubre

Blanche Dubois famously said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Make no mistake, in society, like everywhere else, deceit and duplicity run their crooked courses, and every year I’m forever grateful for angels who step forward out of nowhere.… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Make lunch a priority for your kids

I thought I was doing a pretty good job of packing my children’s lunch boxes by filling them with all of their favorites — pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets, ham and cheese Lunchables, mini Oreos, an orange and a juice box.… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Adventures in going nowhere

I first connected with Pico Iyer in 1992, through the pages of “The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto,” a book of his that was making a splash that year. A copy arrived in the newsroom and somehow landed on my… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: Seeing Red about Black’s endorsement for D.A. in St. Tammany

Alan Black

Oopsie. The public is sick of two-faced politicians and already skeptical of political endorsements. And the public in St. Tammany and Washington parishes ought to be sick of the ol’-boy network of outgoing District Attorney Walter Reed, now enmeshed in scandal. So… Continue reading →