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Monday, April 25, 2016

Y@ Speak: dearly beloved

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 2:52 PM

New Orleans mourns the loss of The Purple One.

Also: nude dudes at Jazz Fest, which goes to peoples' heads on #NOLAscanner, 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The New York Times revises its "remote" opinion, albeit tartly

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 1:25 PM

The cuisine at the remote outpost of Uptown known as Kenton's. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • The cuisine at the remote outpost of Uptown known as Kenton's.


Having felt the merciless lash of NOLA Twitter on its pitiful, ink-stained shoulders, frequent New Orleans chronicler The New York Times has revised its opinion of Kenton's, the fancy-ish, new-ish Uptown restaurant run by a pair of NYC expatriates. 

The restaurant's location at Magazine and Nashville streets, originally described in Florence Fabricant's story as a "somewhat remote yet up-and-coming neighborhood west of the Garden District" (you might know it as Uptown), has been changed online:

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Whew
. That was quick. Fortunately, the Public Editor did not need to get involved.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The New York Times (once again) pisses off New Orleans Twitter

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 2:32 PM


Artist's conception of the corner of Magazine and Nashville Streets in the "Uptown" area of New Orleans.
  • Artist's conception of the corner of Magazine and Nashville Streets in the "Uptown" area of New Orleans.

The New York Times
loves writing about New Orleans, but the city doesn't always reciprocate the love — particularly when the writer isn't Campbell Robertson or Rick Bragg.

Whether provoked by Kalegate, a snotty dismissal of the Erin Rose's customers as dentally challenged, or a hitherto unknown faubourg of attractive young white people known as "Central City," New Orleans Twitter has been quick to snap back like an alligator, cher, when it feels our unique urban gumbo (aiiieeee!) has been dissed by the Gray Lady. 

So pity poor Florence Fabricant, who visited Kenton's recently and liked it:
A little piece of New York is thriving in New Orleans. Mani Dawes, below right, an owner of Tía Pol in Chelsea, and her husband, Sean Josephs, below left, who owns Maysville in the Flatiron district, have relocated their family to the Big Easy. Easier indeed: Ms. Dawes’s mother is there to help with babysitting. In a somewhat remote yet up-and-coming neighborhood west of the Garden District ...
The problem, as New Orleans Twitter was quick to point out, is that the corner of Magazine and Nashville streets is about as "remote" as the corner of East 86th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan (and both intersections have a Whole Foods within a block or so). In fact, Magazine and Nashville's remote yet up-and-coming neighborhood already has a name, and it's not UpGarDist or MagNash. It's, well, Uptown.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Y@ Speak: Gleesus

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 3:10 PM

People were rude to the multimillion dollar TV show! Sad! Why can't everyone just respect the major network that gets a free pass to block traffic downtown for a weekend while continuing a post-Katrina "resurrection" narrative?  #NotAllMusicals!

Also this week: Big Freedia, St. Joseph's altars, Super Sunday, a floating ant pile and a grim entry in #NOLAscanner history.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Y@ Speak: "Buku feast"

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 3:45 PM


Cheesecake aficionado Future can't get food off his mind.

Uncontested for several years, the #NOLAscanner hashtag for local police scanner coverage — a veritable gold mine of the city's diverse and imaginative criminal activity and children who refuse who go to school — has a critical rival: Jefferson Parish.

Also in this week's edition: collard greens and corn bread with Big Freedia and Friends at the 2016 Buku Music + Art Project, emerging from the 311 Day vape cloud, updates from the New Orleans Saints, and a look at some of the flooding around Louisiana. 

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Monday, March 7, 2016

It's The Best, Greatest Y@ Speak, OK?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Donald Trump gets a warm New Orleans welcome and Louisiana voters head to the polls and to #ProTip election day hacker Chris Rose. Also: the earth's days are numbered as #NOLAscanner gets climax-of-Ghostbusters-level strange.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: The Flyest

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM

As Saint Mannie Fresh once said in the Book of Big Tymers, "Can't pay my rent, 'cause all my money's spent, but that's OK, 'cause New Orleans has a portion of Audubon Park called The Fly," or something like that. Well, RIP to that, maybe. Also in this week's Twitter roundup: updates from Louisiana's budget hell world and a reminder that Anthony Davis is 22 years old and better than all of us.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Y@ Speak: everywhere else it's also Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Mardi Gras 2016 is in the books. Here's a XXL-sized edition of your very serious Twitter report from the last week of Carnival. Krewe of Chad gets dumped on, Beyonce conjures New Orleans in "Formation" while her sister Solange gets a key to the city, and Indians, costumers, drunkards, Confederate monuments, giant octopi, shirtless weathermen and Ted Cruz as a Rex page take to the streets and your local public access station.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: Krewe of Vaporwave's virtual Mardi Gras parade

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 1:47 PM

A snapshot of "A Tribute to War Not Being the Answer," one of the vkv floats.
  • A snapshot of "A Tribute to War Not Being the Answer," one of the vkv floats.
Last night the first annual Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave rolled. Theirs was a virtual parade, viewed via popular streaming service Twitch. To be clear, the parade, a series of video/music collaborations by pseudonymous artists, was entirely online.

It would be easy to dismiss this as a symptom of alienation, but watching it was the opposite of alienating. So many of us do already consume so much of life through screens, whether we're streaming ParadeCam, a small bright rectangle of noise and spectacle in the corner of our workstation at some geographically remote office, or scrolling numbly through Carnival-soaked social media, the documentation of other people's good times. The Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave positioned itself as a joke about this tendency — “This is something to be experienced alone on your computer in the dark,” the Krewe's founder, Merely Synecdoche, told Michael Patrick Welch — but functioned as both a critical commentary on it and, by bringing viewers together at a set time to watch it, even a partial remedy.

Whereas some react to the malign influences of digital technology on our daily lives by mindlessly celebrating technology, fetishizing it, or hailing it as a magical force that can rescue us from our problems, Synecdoche says Vaporwave is about "the loneliness and pointlessness of the Internet."

Vaporwave as a genre is internationally influenced, built of broken pieces of the past, born of a sense of loss, and according to Synecdoche, "on the Internet it’s already been declared dead many times over,” making it a good genre fit for 2016 New Orleans. This first year's theme was "Vaporwave is Dead: Long Live Vaporwave." So: elegiac, fatalistic and unshakably fixated on itself... any of these characteristics sound familiar?

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: The #Chad Awakens

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:40 PM

It's Carnival time — you know what that means: watching buildings burn, spray-painting public spaces, catching Confederate flag beads and sleeping on strangers' stoops. Plus: a look at some of the DIY floats from 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus and Barkus.

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