Native sons and daughters
When I first read Michael Lewis' NYT article "Wading Toward Home," a native Uptowners' account of coming home in the days immediately following Katrina, I admit had a hard time accepting that there might be any humor to be found in this mess. It seemed a little soon for levity -- not for people here, really, some us had been laughing, in some cases hysterically, from the start -- but it was only October 2005, and it seemed important that the rest of the NYT-reading world understand how desperate things continued to be.
But I recently came across Lewis' hilarious account of bringing his daughters to the New Orleans Fairgrounds during Mardi Gras -- part of his "Dad Again: Notes on Fatherhood" series in Slate and was inspired to go back and reread the "Wading Toward Home" piece. I don't know what's better - that piece, which really was pretty brilliant, or the fact that I can finally find humor in things Katrina-related without falling to pieces.
I was also happy to come across former Times-Pic reporter Tara Young's Houston Chronicle blog, Post-K: Life After Hurricane Katrina in Houston. She used to write some pretty hard-hitting reports for the paper here, so it's interesting to hear her more personal stories, and she does a good job of describing both why she's decided to stay in Texas and how heartbroken she is about it.
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Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Rebuilding Gulf Culture after Katrina
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
John Rockwell on the arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Elizabeth Zimmer on time-based art forms
Public Art, Public Space
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog