James Gill, whose acerbic wit and incisive columns about Louisiana politics and peccadillos have appeared in The Times-Picayune since 1986, is the latest T-P name to jump ship to The Advocate.
"It's very hard to make out a quote, because quotes are all bullshit," Gill told Gambit tonight. "But I am delighted to go to the highest bidder, I am happy to be renewing my association with [former Times-Picayune managing editor, now Advocate editor] Peter Kovacs — and I am delighted we have a newspaper war again after so many years."
Gill took a buyout from the Picayune in late 2009 and almost immediately signed a freelance agreement to continue his elegant-but-pugnacious column on the paper's op-ed page. Since then, he and his wife Gail have split their time between New Orleans and Gill's native England.
In 1997, Gill wrote Lords of Misrule, a book that traced the intersections between the history of New Orleans and the history of Mardi Gras Carnival krewes.
Last January, Gill wrote about the news that businessman John Georges was interested in buying The Advocate:
The Picayune, after publishing a daily since 1837, was bound to be missed, and the Advocate's owners did not neglect the opportunity to pick up the slack. They launched a New Orleans edition, which they say is selling respectably.
That just goes to show that a lot of people really do like a paper in their hands every morning, because The Advocate's New Orleans edition cannot hold a candle to the Picayune. This is not a knock on the ex-Picayune staffers who make up its New Orleans bureau; it doesn't matter how brilliant they are, because we still have them hopelessly outnumbered.
With Gill jumping ship, that number was just reduced by one, and more are expected to follow this week.
Your Thursday weekend planner, Noah Bonaparte Pais, stopped by the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to break down your entertainment options. Among them: Father John Misty (former drummer of Fleet Foxes), Titus Andronicus (the band, not the Shakespeare play), Blancanieves at Chalmette Movies, Much Ado About Nothing (yes, the Shakespeare play) at the NOMA Sculpture Garden, Forestival and more.
Noah Bonaparte Pais made his regular Thursday stop on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News and brought Eric Paulsen a music-heavy selection of Gambit weekend picks for the second weekend of Jazz Fest. (Bonus: they talk Mud — the Matthew McConaughey movie, not the kind currently pooling on the track at the Fair Grounds.)
How much stuff is there to do during the first weekend of Jazz Fest? Lots. Noah Bonaparte Pais broke it all down for Eric Paulsen on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Deerhunter, Oblivion with Tom Cruise ... and, of course, all the fun at the Fair Grounds.
What's going on this weekend? Noah Bonaparte Pais knows, and he shared his knowledge with Eric Paulsen on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today. Crystal Castles, Danny Boyle's new movie Trance, Dustin Lance Black's play 8, American Routes' 15th anniversary party at Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl — and the Big Easy Music Awards.
CUE editor Missy Wilkinson was on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to talk spring fashion with Laura Buchtel. You can find a copy of CUE in this week's Gambit.
Well. doesn't Noah Bonaparte Pais look snappy in this morning's appearance on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News. Among the weekend's entertainment highlights: Aarabmusik at the Parish at House of Blues, Bleached at Circle Bar, French Quarter Festival, Terrence Malick's To the Wonder at FilmORama, Madame Butterfly at the New Orleans Opera, the French Quarter Festival, the Strawberry Festival and much more.
What's going on this weekend? Noah Bonaparte Pais knows, and as is his Thursday wont, he stopped by the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to spread his knowledge on the a.m. TV waters. This week: Brass Bed at Prytania Bar, Merchandise at Siberia, FilmORama at the Prytania Theater, Mold at Southern Rep, Megan Mullally at NOCCA and more.
Just as surely as the sun rises over the West Bank, Thursday mornings bring Noah Bonaparte Pais to the WWL Eyewitness Morning News, where he lays out the weekend's entertainment picks for Eric Paulsen. This week: Hot Chip, A Fierce Green Fire, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and more.
What's going on this weekend? Only one man knows, and that's Noah Bonaparte Pais. He made his regular stop on the Thursday WWL Eyewitness Morning News to talk up some events, including the Alabama Shakes, West of Memphis, the Found Footage Festival, Catch the Wall, St. Patrick's Day parties and more.
Fantastic! In my neighborhood! Yum.
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