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Finding Magic In Kolkata

Author Shome Dasgupta’s latest collection of short stories hearkens to the slum-world surrealism of Gabriel García Márquez. Kolkata is Dasgupta's Columbia.

June 21, 2017 / 8 min read

Fiction: Samosa

The following story appears in Anklet and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction by Lafayette-based author Shome Dasgupta published in 2017.

June 21, 2017 / 8 min read

Lexington To Lafayette

Lafayette can be the next great American city. But only if we recognize that we can’t build consensus in a vacuum.

June 1, 2017 / 8 min read

Big Oil And The Deep Story

In her nonfiction bestseller, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild dives into bayou country, where systematic industrial pollution has devastated residents so completely they’ve come to accept environmental blight as an unavoidable fact of life.

June 1, 2017 / 6 min read

Not Far From The Tree

I told Greg Guirard I wanted my table to rise from the swamp. I wanted creatures to delight my grandchildren. I wanted art.

June 1, 2017 / 3 min read

The Gopsel According To Jane Jacobs

What communities like Lafayette have learned about city building from the pioneering urbanist.

June 1, 2017 / 3 min read

Francis Pavy’s One-man Press

“It would be nice to have some oysters that big, huh?” quips Francis Pavy, the childlike blues of his eyes lusting over his own creation. The object of his desire — a plus-sized oyster etched into a 3-foot-by-4-foot slab of composite vinyl — is a custom-print block, a particularly appetizing example of Pavy’s preferred method of application for his vivacious...

June 1, 2017 / 3 min read

Hard Facts, True Stories, Real Talk

The sky settled down into an early May gradient of twilight colors over the statue of Confederate General Alfred Mouton, his arms crossed over his white stone chest. Across the street, crammed standing-room-only inside of The Hive’s black box theatre space, more than 50 people hushed as Dr. Rick Swanson took the stage. Swanson unfurled tables and charts, photos and...

June 1, 2017 / 3 min read

Portrait: Walter Imahara

How a Japanese immigrant found glory and camaraderie in a nation that once imprisoned him for his race.

June 1, 2017 / 8 min read

City Smarter, Not Harder

Andrew Rodgers, a Chattanooga-based technologist, smiles as he speaks to an eager Acadiana audience, his hands moving like a Cajun grandmother. A keynote speaker at Lafayette’s inaugural Smart Community Summit, his energetic presentation to a room full of Lafayette notables is fueled by one driving force — belief in the powers of cooperation and technology. “Researchers and academia work in...

June 1, 2017 / 14 min read

Southern Graphic

Marshall Blevins grew up listening to the blues (Robert Johnson is her favorite), and later devoured Southern authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner, resulting, she says, in a “gritty fictive world made in my imagination.” All these influences come to bear in her work, which combines colorful, energetic portrayals of the landscapes and animals she...

May 1, 2017 / 2 min read

Lost Boys And Strong Girls

A musical based on a novel co-written by humorist Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatcher is fast-paced and funny, following the orphan Peter Pan before he becomes the flying, mischievous lost boy. But Starcatcher also introduces a new character to the Pan canon, the empowering female lead, Molly — Wendy’s precocious, brainy predecessor. The show makes its Lafayette debut in...

May 1, 2017 / 2 min read