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Dr. Toussaint, Dr. Dalai Lama, and Dr. Dr. John at Tulane’s commencement.

So, who had a cooler commencement ceremony than Tulane?  Here’s Alan Toussaint, the Dalai Lama, and Dr. John, all receiving honorary degrees.

I will have to say that I don’t recall anything quite this impressive last year when my daughter got her masters degree down there.  However, a great time was had by all.


Anthony Marra reading at Square Books comes highly recommended (5:30 May 17th)

Anthony Marra is doing a reading of his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, at Square Books at 5:30.  I’m hearing really good things about this book and plan to be at the reading.

It got a spectacular review in the Washington Post, somewhat less so (but still interesting) from Dwight Garner at […]

Grant’s Memoirs, the Vicksburg Campaign May 17th-19th: Big Black River and tightening the noose on Vicksburg

At this point, Grant has successfully cut Vicksburg from its line of supply.  West of the Black River in Vicksburg, the Confederate forces under Pemberton were cut off from their line of supply because the Union forces under Grant had taken Jackson and cut rail lines out of Vicksburg to the east.  Federal forces had blocked […]

Grant’s Memoirs, the Vicksburg Campaign May 17th and 18th: Big Black River, and investing Vicksburg

150 years ago on these days, Grant completed his encirclement of Vicksburg.

After crossing the river, he had decided to leave his line of supply, forage from the land, and move on Jackson to cut of Pemberton’s supply from Jackson.  Completing the turn (Bruinsburg/Port Gibson/Raymond/Champion’s Hill, then Vicksburg), by investing Vicksburg he at the […]

Grant’s Memoirs, the Vicksburg Campaign May 15th and 16th: Champion’s Hill

The remainder of Chapter XXXV of Grant’s Memoirs covers the Battle of Champion’s Hill.

The night of the 15th Hovey was at Bolton; Carr and Osterhaus were about three miles south, but abreast, facing west; Smith was north of Raymond with Blair in his rear. 

McPherson’s command, with Logan in front, had marched at […]

Trailer to James Franco’s movie of As I Lay Dying



Grant’s Memoirs, the Vicksburg Campaign May 13th and 14th

I’m going to put Grant’s account of the Vicksburg campaign online day by day at least through July 4th.  On May 13th and 14th of 1863, Grant was in the process of passing through Jackson and turning to invest Vicksburg, having almost completed pulling off the manuever of crossing the river at Bruinsburg and […]

150 years ago this month: Grant encircles Vicksburg

150 years ago this week, Grant successfully encircled Vicksburg and placed it under siege, after which it was only a matter of time before Vicksburg fell.

This was the first historical narrative I really grasped, and, as a teenager, began to understand what Grant accomplished in that campaign.

My family was from within a mile or […]

Chris Hadfield, space oddity, coming home tomorrow.

Chris Hadfield, the commander of the current space station expedition, has caught my interest several times, but not any time more than his most recent post, a brilliant music video marking his return tomorrow.  Great stuff; check it out.  I expect to hear more about him…

h/t the Bad Astronomy blog on […]

Greens, Gumbo Z’Herbes, Spring and the welcome return of local farmer’s markets

The way I welcome back Spring and the return of the local farm produce is a New Orleans Lenten dish, green gumbo, or gumbo z’herbes (here’s my base recipe).  The markets launch in the first of May, and suddenly, I’m able to cook from local produce.

Just as Louisiana strawberries come in in late […]