Oxford American is marking the third anniversary of the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina with a special issue written almost entirely by New Orleans and Gulf Coast locals. It’s an amazing insider’s look at how one of the worst natural disasters in our country’s history came close to completely washing away one of our most unique treasures, and how its people are fighting to reclaim their homes and lives with dignity, imagination and unbelievable spirit.
Oxford American has long been a place I could turn to to hear the voice of my people. It embraces the grit and determination I see all around me on a daily basis, and shines a loving light on the traditions of a region that lives and breathes good music, good food, and good writing.
If you’ve ever been to New Orleans…if you’ve ever drank Black Voodoo beer while listening to a three-man band play the blues in tree-shaded courtyard…if you’ve ever eatem spicy gumbo and gnawed on a hamhock from paper bowls and plates…if you’ve ever wandered through a New Orleans cemetery, browsed a New Orleans record store or got your shoes shined on Bourbon Street, you need to read this issue.
And if you haven’t done any of those things, or any of the million more there is to do in New Orleans, you must read it. You’ll see what you’ve missed.