Today being the big day, I will shamelessly plug the material on New Orleans that I’ve written on this blog. Hey, it’s better than shamelessly shouting “Show yer tits!” and it’s less painful than the morning after a night drinking Hurricanes. Anyway…
In June 2005, I wrote an essay about Rob Walker’s great Letters from New Orleans that people seem to like; inexplicably, it’s the post that, according to TypePad’s site tracker, draws the most hits by far. Then again, most of the people who come to it are googling for something called “bubble letters.” I don’t know what those are; can anyone enlighten me?
In December, in the aftermath of Katrina, Tom Piazza’s reading from his Why New Orleans Matters impressed me, but the book itself left a somewhat different impression.
In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, I wrote a longwinded, memoir-y thing on the city’s Longue View Gardens. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written, which admittedly isn’t saying much.
But enough about me. Chin Music Press, publisher of the fine Kuhaku & Other Accounts from Japan, decided that another place should be the focus of its second book. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? just looks astonishing, and the press even has an up-and-running Crescent City blog.
That is all.