Harry Shearer is an actor, director, and novelist. Le Show, his public radio program, has been on the air since 1983. (March 2018)


1919 Rag

Louis Armstrong, second from right, in the 1947 film New Orleans. With him are, from left, Zutty Singleton (drums), Red Callender (bass), Kid Ory (trombone), Charlie Beal (piano), Bud Scott (guitar), and Barney Bigard (clarinet).

King Zeno

by Nathaniel Rich
New Orleans is a cliché, a loud, brassy, brazen hussy of a cliché, lubricated with booze and animated by jazz. Tits and beads. Corruption and hurricanes. Thanks to the copious, seasonally ubiquitous marketing efforts of Big Beer, that’s all you know and all you need to know. And yet New …