If you are not from this area like Angela Rouse at the KC Star, and you can get the connection you’ll earn an associate membership in the Slabbed Nation.
Bob Warren at the Times Picayune profiles Sean Payton’s new gated community in the DFW metroplex, a place Louisiana expats describe as a soulless city.
The Sun Herald does an excellent job weaving the War of 1812 and the Louisiana purchase with the Hurricane of 1812 as University of South Carolina Geographer Cary Mock has recreated the storm’s path. Turns out I previously opined on Slabbed that a strike from the southeast would be devastating to the City and as it so happened such a strike was indeed devastating to the City. Here is a snippet from the story as told by the Orleans Gazette:
“The levee almost entirely destroyed; the beach covered from fragments of vessels, merchandize (sic), trunks, and here and there the eye falling on a mangled corpse. In short, what a few hours before was life and property, presented to the astonished spectator only death and ruin,” the newspaper reported.
Next up, the Times Picayune’s Cindy Chang has a great story which ran in today’s paper under the Lede, “Local reaction to move by Saints Coach Sean Payton to Texas shows once again that New Orleans feels it’s special”. I’ll add, well yeah…. Here is a snippet:
“New Orleanians feel there’s something very special about this city, that if you spend time here and experience the delights of our architecture, our food, our music and our people, that you will ‘get it’ and succumb to our charms,” said Lolis Eric Elie, a former Times-Picayune columnist and now a writer for the HBO series “Treme.”
“Implicit in (Payton’s) decision is the notion that we thought we knew him and he was one of us, when in fact he’s a more typical, generic, cultureless American. To think that a man who’s proven himself to be so discerning in player selection and play-calling could lack discernment in something as important as a place to live and raise a family suggests that he lacks the insight we thought he had.”
Kat Bergeron at the Sun Herald weaves in the new work on the 1812 Hurricane by Cary Mock with our own local historian, Charlie Sullivan, author of Hurricanes of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Three Centuries of Destruction. Kat does a good job as she details the American Flag finally finding its way to Bay St Louis in 1811 when this area was formed as Biloxi Parish and we were not yet even a part of Mississippi Territory.
Hurricanes have certainly shaped this area’s unique culture. But there is more as Editilla pointed out earlier this past week when he quoted Lafcadio Hearn, Ohio Native who was living in The City back in 1879:
Times are not good here,” Hearn wrote to a California friend in 1879. “The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth.