Holidays In The Big Easy

By Mark Alpert


Happy Easterover! Or Passeaster! It’s so convenient (especially for interfaith couples) when the Jewish and Gregorian calendars line up this neatly.

We’re celebrating down in New Orleans, going to a Passover seder on Saturday night and then to Easter brunch at Antoine’s on Sunday morning. I can’t contribute any tips about novel writing today, but by the end of the week I may have a few interesting stories about dragging  our teenage kids through the Crescent City.

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About Mark Alpert

Contributing editor at Scientific American and author of science thrillers: Final Theory (2008), The Omega Theory (2011), Extinction (2013), The Furies (2014) and The Six (2015). Next books: The Orion Plan (coming February 2016) and The Siege (July 2016). His website:

3 thoughts on “Holidays In The Big Easy

  1. New Orleans is a wonderful city for dining out. Your brunch at Antoine’s should be memorable. This is a fun city for shopping, sightseeing, and soaking in the ambiance of jazz and exciting nightlife. There are parks, boat rides, and a zoo to take kids–we’d brought ours there in their younger days. And I still have my collection of Mardi Gras masks. But the food is the best part of New Orleans. I’ve been making my jambalaya recipe from the New Orleans Cooking School for years.

  2. Can’t think of a better place to celebrate than New Orleans — the most diverse and accepting city. Let the good times roll all weekend.

  3. A weekend in New Orleans … Reminds me of a quote I read recently from acclaimed Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza: ‘writing can be a question of life or death, writers should misbehave in real life as well as in the imagination to be connected to the world and better able to tell stories

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