Seeing as how Letters from N.O. was published some time ago, it’s always a bit of a surprise when I get a nice email about the book, etc. But it’s an extra nice surprise to see it recognized by someone in a public way.
So I was pretty happy to see this column by Michael Payne, in the Daily Item.
Seems as though he decided to re-read the book (in its second edition, with the post-Katrina afterword). Please indulge me in quoting a bit from Mr. Payne’s column:
Today, after Gustav threatened the city with extinction once again, we once again have the occasion to reflect on why New Orleans matters. Here is Walker’s eloquent answer: “Disasters, large and small, natural or otherwise, are always proximate. Learning to live with that is not what sets the people of New Orleans apart; it is what binds them to us all. More than any of the many things about the city that are special, unique, irreplaceable, this is the reason you should care about New Orleans, and its people, and their future.”
Whether New Orleans for you is a memory or simply a dream city, this book of “Letters for New Orleans” is sure to give you pleasure.