Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A brief homage to New Orleans

Having once lived close to the Mississippi coast for seven years and, during that time, looked for the least little excuse to go down to New Orleans for a day, my heart has been too full to convey adequately to friends here or readers here just what I have been feeling these past few days. It seems silly, but all I could think of to do yesterday was buy a six-pack of Abita beer, made in Abita Springs, Louisiana, just north of Lake Pontchartrain. Good beer, in case you're curious.

But today on NPR's All Things Considered, Andrei Codrescu, in about 3 minutes' time, gave as concise and eloquent a social and cultural history of New Orleans--and, thus, why that city should matter to all of us in this country--as anyone could want. If you've never been there, listen. If you have been there, listen anyway and be reminded of what makes that city quite unlike any other in this country.

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1 comment:

Shelton said...

I was listening to NPR when she spoke. Eloquent is the correct word.

I've been a little upset hearing about people, standing next to their families, comlain about all they have lost. I think to myself that they have everything they need right next to them. But another woman who was on NPR today set me straight. She was talking about how sorry she felt for her husband who had lost his journals. She mentioned his disipline; an entry for every single day for the last 30 years. He lost a record of the important moments of his entire life.

I think now, when I here the people say they lost thier 'home' it is just the word they use to describe all of those personal things, like the journals, that insurance can't replace.

I still get upset to hear everybody complaining about gas prices though. At least you have a home to go home to.

BTW. This is my first visit to your blog. Nice work.