New Orleans

Un-American

Hardy Jack­son, Amer­i­can Cit­i­zen There is polit­i­cal art, and there is art that is polit­i­cal. The for­mer is art whose rai­son d’être is to make an argu­ment about how soci­ety should be ordered or gov­erned, the lat­ter is art that has ideas and con­cerns beyond the polit­i­cal, but that has a con­tent or con­text that(…)

All On Mardi Gras Day” and “Wish Someone Would Care”

The sea­son finale of “Treme” is tonight, the last two episodes have pre­pared the story for the kind of any­thing that David Simon’s shows have pio­neered, the any­thing of life going on, regard­less of what hap­pens to indi­vid­u­als. The last shot of the last episode of sea­son four of “The Wire,” the inter­sec­tion out­side Bunny’s(…)

Meet De Boys On The Battlefront”

This sec­ond episode of Treme felt like a bit of a let down from the open­ing one, for one spe­cific rea­son, the appear­ance of the street musi­cians Sonny and Annie.  Their two scenes were odd and seemed mis­placed and even super­flu­ous.  There may be a rea­son for them, yet unclear, but they seem point­less. Sonny(…)

Do You Know What It Means”

Ah, Treme.  As the date drew nearer, and the accu­mu­la­tion of pro­mo­tional arti­cles and reviews built, I was look­ing for­ward to the pre­mier and also was a lit­tle wary.  The Wire was one of the best nar­ra­tive dra­mas I’ve ever expe­ri­enced, in any form, and David Simon clearly is a bril­liant story teller.  So I(…)

Imaginary Cities

There are real places, imag­i­nary places, and places where our expe­ri­ence of real­ity is enhanced by how we imag­ine those places to have been, or to be. We tour those invis­i­ble cities of the mind by walk­ing their actual streets and plac­ing a layer of knowl­edge and imag­i­na­tion on top of the sights we see.(…)