Dick Dale's Last Words (to Me)

On Saturday night, surf guitar legend Dick Dale died. He's best known for "Miserlou," which Quentin Tarantino used to great effect in 1994's Pulp Fiction. Dale played a number of memorable shows in New Orleans in the old Howlin' Wolf--where Republic is today--where he played surf with a punk edge. He played so hard that he would periodically show his picks to show how worn down they were, and one Sunday night he walked off the stage, through the crowd, out the door and into traffic, staring down cars and playing all the while.

My Spilt Milk Presents "The 12 Songs of Christmas"

Earlier this month, My Spilt Milk launched a new podcast, “The 12 Songs of Christmas.” My Spilt Milk founder Alex Rawls has been writing about Christmas since 2004, when he wrote a cover story on it for Gambit with interviews with people as different as American Idol contestants, Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill, filmmaker/artist John Waters, and sing

Watch Me

The new issue of New Orleans has its annual "People to Watch" feature, and this year its editors decided that I'm someone you should watch. I appreciate the honor and am flattered by the company they've included me in: Melissa Harris-Perry, designer Stephanie Young, Dillard President Walter Kimbrough, NOWFE Director Jamie Peckenpaugh, Ochsner Health System CEO Warner L. Thomas, reporter Cindy Chang and many more.

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