The Dirt

Be a New Orleanian

By Adam Karlin Writing about being a New Orleanian, wherever you are, means writing a love letter to the city. And there are lots of love letters to New Orleans. It’s practically become a sub-genre of the travel essay - out of towner visits, falls for the city, pens around a thousand words about why it’s like nowhere else. There’s a reason for this: New Orleans is special. She is different, in ways both shallow and deep. The food is good, and the music too. But she has issues, and...

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Pigeon Town: The Uncertain Neighborhood

Pigeon Town: The Uncertain Neighborhood

Thanks to New Orleans’s complicated history, settling patterns, and geographical layout, the city’s various neighborhoods are particularly distinct areas, often boasting their own architectural character, slang, and even accents. As a result, hyper-local pride runs deep here—which can feel ironic in a town where boundaries and labels are often fickle and fluid. (Is Uptown a real place or a relative term? Is the Bywater just a real estate invention? Why are some neighborhoods called by their Ward designations while others never mention theirs? What is the Warehouse District?) The “rules”...

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Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries

We are selling this shirt this month to help raise funds for the Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries program. Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) was founded in 2012 from the need for a home-grown champion who understands and can advocate on behalf of Gulf fisheries and industry.G.U.L.F. verifies that the natural marine resources of the Gulf of Mexico are fished responsibly, and recognizes the needs of the environment and the people who depend on that environment for their livelihood. Through our projects, we pledge...

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