Need Advice?

Get Guidance Counseling! [contact-form-7 id="187455" title="Contact form 1"]

Recent Issues


All Writing From Jules Bentley

Dec 2017

SHILOH (FEB 2, 1986- NOV 19, 2017)

Shiloh lived in New Orleans for many years, and was a pillar of the Iron Rail anarchist bookstore and library back when that existed. Shiloh was lots of things and did lots of things, but…Read full article

Feb 2017


If you’re hep enough to be reading ANTIGRAVITY you’ve likely seen the footage of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting decked during Trump’s inauguration. Step close, reader. Closer! I showered yesterday, it’s fine. Lean in—I’m going…Read full article

Dec 2016


I thought hard about the most important survival and resistance strategy to emphasize in the wake of the recent change in national figurehead. I asked people smarter than me who have more experience and perspectives…Read full article

Apr 2016

Cochon Doberge: The Hyperpolicing of the French Quarter

Part I of a series examining control / space in contemporary New Orleans   On Saturday, April 9th, residents of Orleans Parish are invited to vote on a ballot measure titled PW Police and Fire…Read full article

Feb 2016

Ashes to Ashes, Blogs to Bricks: Booty’s and the Cult of Small Business

When, late on a weeknight, I received confirmation that Booty’s Street Food was closed for good, I announced it to the dinner party around me. A cheer rose from the assembled. Two out-of-town guests were…Read full article

Go Fret a Watchman: Carnival Surveillance and Masking

In case you aren’t reading the New Orleans Advocate—and you oughta be, if you’re looking for a solid local daily—a recent article by Jessica Williams is titled “’Assume you are being filmed’: Carnival 2016 to…Read full article

Dec 2015

Top 5 Premium Vapes

“I mix my own for fifteen cents a quart, and it’s great!” No it’s not. You’re a scrub, get away. Strictly. Premium. Vapes. That’s the credo emblazoned on the door to the nomadic VIP Lounge-machine that is…Read full article

Oct 2015

Newspapers vs. Newspeak: Five Key Points About the Most Recent Round of Layoffs

In September 2015, fired 28 more full-time staffers (more than a fifth of’s remaining newsroom) and nine part-timers. These layoffs follow earlier firings of hundreds of longtime local employees, the end of daily Times-Picayune…Read full article

Jun 2015

Check Please: The Eat Local Challenge and the Price of Virtue

Some years ago I was working as a janitor at a rural facility that hosted various conferences, one of which had to do with “sustainability.” During my lunch break, a white hippie in his 40s…Read full article

Mar 2015

Unapologetically Black: Activism on (and off) the Streets with the Black Youth Project 100

The pattern of American police murdering people of color, an everyday reality for some communities, came to the rest of the world’s attention in 2014. The ongoing governmental failure to prosecute some higher-profile cases triggered…Read full article

Feb 2015

Farewell to the Flesh: Notes on a Cybernetic Carnival

Everyone celebrates Mardi Gras their own way, some by avoiding it altogether, but my Mardi Gras lives and flourishes in the streets—streets transformed into space for humans having fun rather than for cars or business….Read full article

Jan 2015

Last Supper: Best of the ‘Burbs Edition

Among the ways I kept my shit together in 2014 was long bike rides through New Orleans’ suburbs. There’s a lot I love about New Orleans suburbs. I love finding bike routes among the canals,…Read full article

Oct 2014

Glow Sticks and Goat’s Blood: AG Writers Pick their Voodoo 2014 Favorites

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has always served up an eclectic conflict of sound, whether it’s been Neil Young vs. Metallica, Rage Against the Machine vs. M.I.A., or this year’s lineup, which pits metal…Read full article

Don’t Be a Ghost on Halloween

Hey: you’re not a kid anymore. I’m sorry. It sucks you had to find out this way, in the pages of this magazine. Most likely you were drawn in by Passmore’s art and your eyes…Read full article

Jun 2014

The Big Cat and the Boycott: Remembering Ernie Ladd

Few pro wrestlers were as universally despised as the Louisiana-born WWE Hall-of-Famer “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd, considered one of the first (and all-time best) African-American wrestling villains. His look, his athleticism and most of all…Read full article

A Decade of Deadlines : Celebrating and Commiserating with 10 Years of Anti-friends

To put into perspective what life was like in 2004, when Antigravity was launched, here are a few realities the people of New Orleans knew: TwiRoPa was a live and functioning club in the Lower…Read full article

Real Talk: Memorable Moments from Antigravity’s First Ten Years

AG has been privileged to speak with a lot of artists over the past 10 years and have them tell us their stories. Here are some of the most memorable moments as rendered by Osa…Read full article

Apr 2014

Extra Room: Readers Respond to ‘UnfairBnB: What Unlicensed Short-Term Rentals Mean for New Orleans’

Once again, our resident rabble-rouser Jules Bentley has upset the liberal micro-economy of New Orleans, with the piece he cowrote with Dorian Commode about AirBnB and its effects on our local housing market. Not since…Read full article

Mar 2014

UnfairBnB: What Unlicensed Short-Term Rentals Mean for New Orleans

More and more people we know in New Orleans make money through Airbnb, a website that allows tourists to arrange short-term stays in private homes. “I wash towels for a living now,” says one friend,…Read full article

Jan 2014

Watch Me Do My Thing: Surveillance in New Orleans

Several years ago I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon of Mardi Gras on a Bourbon Street balcony. It’s no business of mine how others choose to pass their Mardi Gras, but the crowd…Read full article

Nov 2013

Truth to Power with Truth Universal

What does “revolutionary” mean? Although these days it’s a term used to sell video games and kitchen gadgets, Truth Universal’s outspoken politics and innovative music make him a truly revolutionary artist. Proudly outside the musical…Read full article

Oct 2013

New Orleans Vampire Report, Fall 2013

On the occasions I’ve tasted human blood, nearly all of which coincided with my being hit in the face, I’ve found the flavor neither delicious nor life-granting. I am not, it seems, a vampire. But…Read full article

Apr 2013

Signature Sound: Hip-hop Legend Ricky B Reflects on the City and His Musical Legacy

James Joyce once said, “I want to give a picture of  Dublin  so complete that if the city suddenly disappeared from the earth, it could be reconstructed out of  my book.” In that same way,…Read full article

Apr 2013

Second Helping: Readers Respond to Food Truck Controversy

Readers Respond to “Fork In The Road: Who’s Behind The Push For New Orleans Food Trucks?” Last month’s issue featured a lot of incendiary talk, from Bryan Funck heckling bands with no sense of humor…Read full article

Mar 2013

Fork in the Road: Who’s Behind the Push for New Orleans Food Trucks?

Lately there’s been a bunch of hype about reforming and rewriting New Orleans’ laws regulating food trucks. In February, City Council President Stacy Head twice proposed major deregulatory changes to the city’s ordinances, while across…Read full article

Feb 2013

Tales from a Horror City: Creeping Hemlock Press, New Orleans’ Fear-Fiction Powerhouse

I know some busy people, but there are few who could keep pace with Julia and RJ Sevin, the New Orleans husband-and-wife team who run the acclaimed independent genre press Creeping Hemlock… among many other…Read full article

Nov 2012

Start the Presses: The hard-fought rebirth of the New Orleans Community Printshop

[Editor’s note: throughout their official literature and website, the New Orleans Community Printshop uses the single-word portmanteau “Printshop.” AG followed their lead.] The November 10 grand reopening of the New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom is an…Read full article

Sep 2012

Everyone Hates the Oogles: Exploring the animosity towards New Orleans’ panhandling punks

I was at a party a few weeks ago where people were discussing “oogles,” the young crusty punks who invade each autumn and often panhandle in our city’s poorer neighborhoods. The response from everyone at…Read full article

Jul 2012

Lost Dog: The Search For A Forgotten New Orleans Superhero

On a recent Friday night in the Harahan Community Center, the master of ceremonies had the capacity crowd’s attention. “This here,” he promised, “this tonight is gonna be some old-school professional wrestling.” All of us…Read full article