Nathaniel Rich


Nathaniel Rich’s most recent novel is Odds Against Tomorrow. He lives in New Orleans. (July 2014)

  • Authenticity All Right: Lee Friedlander's New Orleans

    May 16, 2014

    Lee Friedlander's portraits of New Orleans and its musicians.

  • A Light in the Dark

    May 22, 2013

    The great Northeast Blackout of August 2003 passed without Robert Silvers’s notice—or at least without him giving the impression of noticing. While I and the other assistants, racing to the windows to see what was happening outside, frantically speculated about terrorist attacks, Bob sat at his desk, resolutely editing a manuscript about Mesopotamian art of the third millennium BC.

  • Virginia's 'Persuadables'

    November 5, 2012

    There are few acts more debasing than knocking on a stranger’s door and asking for his vote. Picture the scene: early afternoon, an empty residential street in Cleveland, Tampa, or, in my case this past week, Virginia Beach. The canvasser stands on the doorstep bedecked like a jester in colorful stickers. The stickers, which bear candidates’ names, are important; without them he might be confused for a bill collector or traveling salesman. He juggles clipboard, pen, voter information forms, and pamphlets (the “literature,” in campaign-speak) and forces a smile. Dogs growl as soon as the doorbell chimes. If the canvasser is lucky, the door opens. Small children and pets escape, attacking his legs. A wary figure appears: a woman on the phone, holding an infant; a dowager in a flowery housedress; a man in gym clothes who hasn’t shaved in a week.

  • Walter Inglis Anderson and Christopher Stelby: Two Exhibitions

    September 1, 2012 — December 31, 2012

    Anderson’s work is a sublime tribute to the wonders of the natural world. His ecstatic use of color, particularly in his watercolors and murals, gives his art a mesmerizing, psychedelic quality.

  • The Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee

    December 24, 2012, 7 pm

    The towns of Lutcher and Gramercy, fifty miles upriver from New Orleans, throw the best Christmas party in the state of Louisiana.

  • Room 220 Live Prose Reading Series

    Ongoing

    Room 220 is the only place to find serious (and also irreverent) discussion of literature in New Orleans. Its fall reading series begins September 27.

  • Bug Appétit

    Ongoing

    Three times a day, chefs from such New Orleans restaurants like Brennan’s and Dooky Chase hold cooking exhibitions in the Bug Appétit room of the Tiny Termite Cafe, serving insect dishes with a Cajun twist.

  • The Mirliton Festival

    November 3, 2012, 11 am — 7 pm

    Highlights of Louisiana's fall festival season include the Zwolle Tamale Festival, the Lecompte Pie Festival, and the Rayne Frog Festival. But the season’s crowning glory is the 23rd Annual Mirliton Festival.

  • Alligator Chomp Chomp!

    Ongoing

    Swamp Pop, Dancehall Cajun, Cajun Contemporary, Crescent City Soul, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Low-Country Swing, Bayou Boogaloo, Swamp Stomp, Creole Caterwaul—they can all be heard at this biweekly dance party held in the upstairs lounge at Mimi’s.

  • The Gueydan Duck Festival

    August 23, 2012 — August 26, 2012

    Of the more than 400 festivals held in Louisana this year, the crowning glory is the Duck Festival, held in Gueydan, the self-proclaimed “Duck Capital of America.”