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Thursday, September 01, 2005


The images of a city's devastation whose old-world charm and artistic ambiance beckoned such writers as Faulker, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams, is hard to comprehend. People being airlifted to safety, homes ruined, streets flooded with contaminated water, and people being evacuated from their homes, is the New Orleans that now exists.

Tennessee Williams, who found creative inspiration in New Orleans, said that he came to the city "as a migratory bird going in search of a more congenial climate."

Many other writers have been captivated by New Orleans, including Sherwood Anderson, Walker Percy, John Kennedy Toole, James Lee Burke. Lillian Hellman spent time in New Orleans, and wrote about a New Orleans family in Little Foxes. And other great literary legends have visited this seductive city, including Truman Capote.

New Orleans is also the birthplace and home of bestselling author Anne Rice.

Let's hope that someday soon, the city will flourish again, beckoning once more the creative spirit that thrived there for so many years.

And let's hope that all of the displaced people who have become homeless and have been forced to put their lives on hold will be able to call New Orleans and Mississippi home again.

For those interested in how they can help Katrina's victims, or donate money, please click on the following link:


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    I second Mister Hand's sentiment ... it is great to see thoughtful passionate post ...

    CODA: Book Industry Responds to Katrina's Catastrophic Effects Bookseller Relief Fund

    Emily Metzger, a community columnist for the Shreveport (La.) Times, is using her personal blog to convey the passion, urgency and anguish felt by so many other journalists during the tragedy along the Gulf Coast. Emily writes:
    ‘I don't care how many efficient federal or state press conferences announce that the relief process is underway. It's not enough. I don't care how many dry, well-fed but no doubt anguished officials proclaim to the world that help is on the way. It's not enough. There are still thousands of people trapped in New Orleans and they're starting to die. Whatever's being done is not enough.’
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  • At 4:46 AM, Blogger Susan Schwartzman said…

    Thank you for posting the Bookseller Relief Fund link. I was going to post it on my blog today.

  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    Did you see the column Anne Rice wrote for the New York Times? It's called "Do You Know What it Means to Lose New Orleans?"


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