"The city, for me, feels like it surprises you with this one moment of just incredible beauty or wit or class, and then it follows it up by doing a pratfall or something darker. The dystopia of that place is tangled up in the joy, and they come from the same place. Even going back to its origins, 25% of the population died of yellow fever. There is a very dark undercurrent to New Orleans, and it’s what makes the art of the place so intense. Would you rather have a functional school system, or would you rather have Mardi Gras, because it may be that you can’t have both. What makes New Orleans great, in one sense, also makes it problematic in another, but that’s to be examined."
"Having money’s not everything, not having it is."
"We want you to visit our State of Excitement often. Come again and again. But for heaven’s sake, don’t move here to live. Or if you do have to move in to live, don’t tell any of your neighbors where you are going."
"Hustlers don’t leave the house with cash."
"Long before we know ourselves, our paths are already set in stone. Some may never figure out their purpose in life, and some will. There are a lot of us who are caught up in this hell we all live in. Content with being blinded by rules and judgment…"