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Jerseyites in NOLA

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 by lexis2praxis

I still have Jersey plates, and every so often someone sauntering by hollers at me “Jersey!” by way of introduction, then announces what part of Jersey they are from.  It used to take a few moments to figure out they were talking to me; now I automatically turn my head as if Jersey were my name.

New Orleans

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2008 by lexis2praxis

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.