New Orleans

How can I feel such a connection to a place where I’ve never been?

So many personal histories, tragedies and victories and the somber beauty of everyday life, are woven into the stories about this place.  I have been reading residents’ blogs for a long time and am now ready to join the rebuilding effort.  Once there, I will blog about the things I encounter.

I am going to New Orleans in December, to embark on a project about the levees and how people live with them, how they talk about them, and how they rebuild them.  I am interested in how the levees are political, and how their neglect resulted in violence against people, including populations that in popular discourse were referred to as “refugees”, foreigners in their homeland.  I am interested in how Katrina was more than just a storm.

This is an anthropological project, and also a creative one.


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