For those of you intrigued by all things Big Easy: here is an interview with Tom Piazza, author of Why New Orleans Matters and a piece I wrote about Richard Zuschlag, a CEO whose ambulance company saved thousands while FEMA kept doing a heckuva job. I would also recommend Rob Walker's, Letters From New Orleans, a great read that served as inspiration for my own small contribution to the gumbo.
And...if you no likey the ready, my wife Kim put together a short film of post-Katrina photography.
High-level academic research has shown that people only care about historical events on the same date that such events took place, so I bought myself some time by waiting until the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to wrap-up the Southern diary. Actually, It’s taken me a few months to write about New Orleans for a couple of reasons. In part, it’s because I was working on a piece for Inc. and wanted to keep my interests from conflicting, but mainly it’s because I don’t know what to say.
So I’ll let Bruce Springsteen do my talking for me.…“I saw things that I never thought I’d see in an American city,”
In the summer of 2001, I had the opportunity to submit to be a writer on The Daily Show. As you may have deduced, I didn't get the gig. My sorry tale was however, included in the Smith magazine anthology "The Moment." So, something anyway.
Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I had. Obviously, bettter, but that was a long time and four Presidential terms ago. It'll always be my "one that got away." Alas... I do wish I would've ve gotten the chance to work with the new guy back then, the wise old menschy sage today. Jon Stewart was a beacon of sanity and mockery in a lot of dark years that basically started on 9/11 and continue right up to tonight's GOP clown show. Life under President Trump will be tough without Stewart. Never trust a man who eats his pizza with a fork, that ain't what made America great at all, paisan.
p.s. For What It's Worth, I thought the John Wayne Gacy joke killed.
Do you hate America?
A large chunk of our citizenry spit on the Declaration of Independence. Don't be one of those people pooping on America's party. This piece was hot as a firecracker on July 4th, so do your patriotic duty and read it today. It's what Thomas Jefferson would have wanted.
A little ditty, about Jack and Diane...
Or, more precisely, a ditty about a story I wrote about Jack and Diane that worked as well as Jackie's dreams of football stardom.
Here are a handful of snapshots of what it was like in New York City (for me, anyway) in the days and weeks following September 11. I can understand why one might have 9/11 fatigue, but I wanted to post this piece that originally ran at Mr. Beller's Neighborhood for those who still can't wrap their head around it.
All I know is that it doesn't seem like it's already been five years.