We got to spend a few days in New Orleans recently, mostly in connection with stuff E was doing at PhotoNOLA. It’s amazing how far that event has come in just a couple of years — kudos to folks like Jennifer Shaw for their determination and success. Thanks to a busy schedule and some supremely bad weather, we didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to (in fact I didn’t even manage to find time to alert some people I wanted to see that I was in town!), but we did get to catch up with a few old friends and have a bit of a look around the city. Most notably, perhaps, we accidentally encountered the Brad Pitt-backed housing going up in a section of the Lower Ninth Ward. Pretty interesting. A few days later, I find I’m thinking about when I can go back. Ah well.
Anyway, a few New Orleans-related links:
- Here’s a post and some videos of a little Treme second-lining. Pretty entertaining. One of the things that’s certainly palpable in New Orleans right now is Saints-mania. I caught the final few minutes of the win over Atlanta in a restaurant bar, and I’ve never heard so much “Who Dat”-ing. (This was before the current, um, losing streak.)
- Speaking of the Saints, here’s a post about “the SuperSaints power of the Ernie & Antoinette K-Doe Sofa Pillow.” Letters from New Orleans readers will guess that I am inclined to believe in this.
- Speaking of books about New Orleans, the mightymighty BoingBoing has given a coveted guest-blogger spot to Ned Sublette, whose book about New Orleans I mentioned the other day. (I still haven’t read it.) He’s posted some nice photos, here.
- Oh, and I guess speaking of all of the above, a quick word of thanks to Jennifer Shaw for having copies of Letters from New Orleans given to various photo-world bigshots serving as reviewers at PhotoNOLA, and to G.K. Darby for providing said copies.