I was talking to Howie and he shared this passage with me: Education is now prized not because the culture values truth and wisdom, or views scholarship as a lifetime vocation, but because it is the means to economic success. So the study of science, engineering, and business takes precedence over theology, philosophy, literature, and […]
I’m quoted in an AP article about Ed Blakeley: Mid-City resident Bart Everson said that after Blakely started work in January, he saw him as the “last, best” hope for leadership in the city’s recovery. He said he still does, “but I haven’t seen the evidence of anything getting accomplished.” “I still hold out hope […]
“The media… is where democracies conduct their civil wars.” — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 2004
For the last century, almost all top political appointments [on the planet Earth] had been made by random computer selection from the pool of individuals who had the necessary qualifications. It had taken the human race several thousand years to realize that there were some jobs that should never be given to the people who […]
“I want to make sure that when you’re firing your bullets because you’re dissatisfied you fire them at the right folks.” — The Honorable C. Ray Nagin
Back in September of 2005, I wondered if Katrina would become an campaign issue in 2008. Now pollster John Zogby says it just might: 73 percent say the U.S is in a serious crisis, according to our recent polling. This suggests a need to redefine the very nature and structure of U.S. federalism. In our […]
I was just getting ready to post about how sick I am of living amidst piles of garbage, when I came across the latest from our mayor: “Let me tell you something. I want you to go to Philly, and you will appreciate how clean New Orleans is. Just go and walk around Philly a […]
I’m quoted in an article by Roy Bragg for the San Antonio Express News.
I’m famous at last, quoted in an article on the Village Voice website by Anya Kamenetz, a former New Orleanian. “I’ve lost all sense of what’s normal,” says New Orleans resident Bart Everson. His house, which took on five feet of water, stands at a crossroads in the city’s recovery — one of the points […]
I’m not the praying type, but all the same I thought I’d pass on this prayer, written by Sr. Loretta McCarthy, SBS. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. You who hovered over the waters and brought all into being, grant us the grace to be people of peace and hope during this […]
So you are tired of your life, young man! All the more reason have you to live. Anyone can die. A murderer has moral force enough to jeer at his hangman. It is very easy to draw the last breath. It can be accomplished successfully by a child or a warrior. One pang of far […]
An architect/planner from Baltimore gave me the following advice at the AIA dinner I attended last nite: “Don’t let a bunch of architects and planners tell you how to rebuild your neighborhood.”
I recently got an update to our homeowner’s policy. It’s something like a hundred pages long. Past updates were only a few pages. I’m supposed to wade through all this legalese? I’d have to hire a lawyer just to find out how badly we’re getting screwed. A quick glance reveals there’s a “trampoline exclusion” and […]
And in a wild and sudden dance We mocked at Time and Fate and Chance — William Butler Yeats, The Wanderings of Oisin
When I moved to New Orleans back in 1999 I didn’t really know what to expect. Certainly I didn’t anticipate that at age 32 I’d discover a whole new holiday. And not just a new holiday, but an entire holiday season. I’m talking about Carnival, of course, and Mardi Gras, and it’s not really new […]
I was wondering how long it would be before someone proposed this: The time has come to blockade the Mississippi. It might sound crazy, but as frustrated as people are down here, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
I thought this was a joke at first, but apparently it’s for real. New Orleans is seeking foreign aid. The mayor says: France can take Treme. The king of Jordan can take the Lower Ninth Ward. Has it really come to this?
I watched Bush’s State of the Union address last night. It was the first time I’ve watched this political spectacle in years, I think. I tuned in because I knew he was going to say something about Katrina and the Gulf Coast. I waited and waited, as he talked about Iraq and Iran and our […]
I’m pained by what I read on a couple local blogs this morning. Jim Louis writes: I have been more or less geographically rejected by the Mid-City Association and will not in the future ever refer to my neighborhood as Mid-City. I have in fact only been doing so recently as a convenience to outside […]
An oddly-titled article, “Katrina sweeps us pride” by Tushar Charan, has been published in the Asian Tribune. The “pride,” I gather, is in regard to how countries in Asia have responded to recent disasters. I was fascinated to see how the Katrina debacle is viewed from foreign shores. Choice quotes: The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina […]