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Lolis Eric Elie has been a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a filmmaker, a story editor for the HBO show Treme and a great chronicler of food. Here, he is at his best as he lays out in painful and hilarious fashion New Orleanians’ sometimes spiritual, sometime nefarious and always hopeful reasons for heading home. The photos are stellar, too. — Kim Severson, Atlanta-based food reporter

Lolis Eric Elie has been a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a filmmaker, a story editor for the HBO show Treme and a great chronicler of food. Here, he is at his best as he lays out in painful and hilarious fashion New Orleanians’ sometimes spiritual, sometime nefarious and always hopeful reasons for heading home. The photos are stellar, too. — Kim Severson, Atlanta-based food reporter

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The Bold Gender Politics of The Prancing Elites -- Vulture

A Maddening Sound Is the Hum, a mysterious noise heard around the world, science or mass delusion?  https://newrepublic.com/article/132128/maddening-sound

Is "the Hum" a Scientific Fact or a Mass Delusion?

A reporter sets off in search of a mysterious sound. (WARNING: science super sketchy here!

How does Robert Caro put his sweeping, majestic biographies together? It begins with a page in a notebook, a pen and patience, says Mr. Caro. In this absorbing interview, Mr. Caro speaks about reporting, the charting of eyeballs on screens, and how time = truth. — Jim Dwyer, Columnist, About New York

How does Robert Caro put his sweeping, majestic biographies together? It begins with a page in a notebook, a pen and patience, says Mr. Caro. In this absorbing interview, Mr. Caro speaks about reporting, the charting of eyeballs on screens, and how time = truth. — Jim Dwyer, Columnist, About New York

A new photobook featuring stunning images of black ballerinas will be released in June 2016.  Titled The Ballerina’s Little Black Book, the book features interviews with top dancers including prima ballerina Misty Copeland, Aesha Ash, and Alicia Graf Mack as well as gorgeous pictures of dancers of colour.  Brittani Marie and TaKiyah Wallace from Brown Girls Do Ballet aim at highlighting women of colour in the dance world. #BrownGirlsDoBallet #BlackBallerina

The first edition of 'Ballerina's Little Black Book' honors inspiring dancers of color.

In Carlos Javier Ortiz’s photo series, black experience of the past and present…

“A Thousand Midnights”: Chicago and the Legacy of the Great Migration

In Carlos Javier Ortiz’s photo series, black experience of the past and present seems to intermingle and collide.

Bill Carter, formerly of The New York Times, wrote a big chunk of The Hollywood Reporter’s cover package on the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” Did I say 40th? That must be a typo. That show has only been on since I was in high school! Oh, wait. Anyway, this is the kind of deep dive that only Carter, who has known the SNL creator Lorne Michaels for ALL of those 40 years, could do. It’s far from a wet kiss, however. Bill writes, “SNL is more iconic than iconoclastic now.” —John…

Bill Carter on Covering 'SNL' and Lorne Michaels: "Many Lost Their Minds in Pursuit" of His Approval

The struggle to teach children to eat well is real, but in France it is connected not to the moralistic, guilty-pleasure model common in America but rather to the pure pursuit of pleasure. As a result, French children end up having great taste and a better diet. This succinct piece from a researcher who studied French parenting lays it all out beautifully. — Kim Severson, Atlanta-based food reporter

If New Year's resolutions have you in an abstemious mindset when it comes to enjoyment these days, consider a pleasure recalibration based on 'l'éducation du gout.

There are events that divide your life into Before and After. Emma Carmichael, who experienced one in the form of a devastating car wreck, probes the strangeness of building a new worldview that incorporates actions and emotions and changes that you are still — and will probably forever be — trying to comprehend. — Stacy Cowley, Business Reporter

Trauma, recovery, & everything in between. Good read from on an extremely tough year.

Art, both culinary and cinematic, come together in this muscular, sometimes profane trip through Anthony Bourdain’s brain as he considers food imagery in movies. His meditation on the term “foodgasm” could finally remove it from circulation. The piece is also a nice excuse to explore Lucky Peach, an equally muscular quarterly food journal from the chef David Chang and the writer Peter Meehan. — Kim Severson, Atlanta-based food reporter

Eat, Drink, Fuck, Die - A brief catalog of the multitudinous food metaphors crammed down our film-consuming gullets.

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