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A Katrina Scavenger Hunt
Rex Noone
April 28, 2015 (0)

Hurricane Story revisited
Bruce Rutledge
August 26, 2015 (0)

Five Essential Post Katrina Albums
David Rutledge
25 August, 2015 (0)

Q&A with Zack Davisson
Ryan Chu
10 August, 2015 (0)

A Visit to Minidoka
David Rutledge
July 15, 2015 (2)

Open Letter to the place called "Mushaboom"
TexMex Richards
30 June , 2015 (0)

TexMextern Reviews: Masculinity in the Time of Cholera
TexMex Richards
9 June , 2015 (0)

SIFF Special: Most Likely to Manipulate
David Rutledge
June 5, 2015 (0)

TexMextern Reviews: Reviews with a Zest!
TexMex Richards
2 June, 2015 (0)

A Tale of Two Noodles
Dandi Meng
11 May, 2015 (3)

It's Time We Started Talking About Endpapers
Dandi Meng
4 May, 2015 (2)

Spine Poetry
Dandi Meng
1 April, 2015 (3)

CMP Presents...12 by M. Lynch
Dandi Meng
10 March, 2015 (2)

Week of Literary Love: Bartleby the Scrivener
Dandi Meng
14 February, 2015 (0)

Week of Literary Love: Jean Valjean
Cali Kopczick
13 February, 2015 (0)

Week of Literary Love: Winnie-the-Pooh
Dandi Meng
11 February, 2015 (0)

Week of Literary Love: Katniss Everdeen
Dandi Meng
10 February, 2015 (0)

Week of Literary Love: Holden Caulfield
Dandi Meng
9 February, 2015 (0)

Literary Showdown: Seattle vs. Boston
Dandi Meng
3 February , 2015 (2)

It's Time We Started Talking About Section Break Markers
Cali Kopczick
19 December, 2014 (2)

Short Run Festival Recap
Cali Kopczick
November 26, 2014 (0)

Selling Culture: Japan and America’s Trickiest Trade
Cali Kopczick
November 7, 2014 (0)

History's Bestsellers in Translation Part II: Nonfiction
Cali Kopczick
October 20, 2014 (0)

China/Seattle/Reykjavík: Ryan Boudinot on Seattle as a Global City of Literature
Cali Kopczick
October 8, 2014 (0)

BuzzFeed Article - 8 Reasons Japanese Ghosts Make Terrible Roommates
Cali Kopczick
September 23, 2014 (0)

History's Bestsellers in Translation Part I: Fiction
Cali Kopczick
September 9, 2014 (0)

Ramen Revisited: Tips from Ken Taya aka Enfu
Cali Kopczick
September 2, 2014 (0)

Kodawari Can Render the Prosaic Profound
Cali Kopczick
August 27, 2014 (0)

Before the Summer Runs Out: A Road Trip Proposal
Cali Kopczick
August 19, 2014 (12)

The High Art of Smelling Books
Cali Kopczick
August 4, 2014 (1)

Pike Place Location Opening and Lizard Telepathy Fox Telepathy Open House
Staff
July 28, 2014 (1)

Indie Book Publisher Opens Office/Retail Space in Seattle’s Pike Place Market
Press Release
July 16, 2014 (0)

Q&A with "A Commonplace Book of Pie" Author Kate Lebo and Illustrator Jessica Lynn Bonin
David Jacobson
Oct. 9, 2013 (0)

A Broadside for Mardi Gras
Bruce Rutledge
February 12, 2013 (0)

Oprah Outs Armstrong; Irvin Mayfield Next?
Rex Noone
January 26, 2013 (0)

Friends of CMP
Bruce Rutledge
November 21, 2012 (0)

Nippon-NOLA challenge: week 3
Bruce Rutledge
October 24, 2012 (2)

The NOLA-Nippon challenge: week 2
Bruce Rutledge
October 6, 2012, 2012 (0)

The NOLA-Nippon challenge
Bruce Rutledge
September 24, 2012 (2)

Infusing Nonfiction with Truth: American True Stories
Bruce Rutledge talks to Michael Rozek
June 29, 2012 (1)

Questions rain down on NOLA
Bruce Rutledge
June 18, 2012 (0)

En-Joying Kanji: A Review of Eve Kushner’s Joy o’ Kanji
David Jacobson
May 24, 2012 (1)

Michael Rozek Redefines Nonfiction
Bruce Rutledge
April 19, 2012 (3)

Viewed Sideways: a collection of essays by Donald Richie
D. Michael Ramirez II
December 30, 2011 (0)

New Orleans Book Fest
Bruce
November 4, 2011 (0)

Review: The Beautiful One Has Come (Suzanne Kamata)
D. Michael Ramirez II
August 12, 2011 (0)

The JET Program's Finest Hour
David Jacobson
July 9, 2011 (0)

And the winner is ...
Bruce Rutledge
July 5, 2011 (0)

An even dozen: slow books in a fast world
Bruce Rutledge
June 29, 2011 (1)

Last Chapter for an Island Bookstore?
David Jacobson
June 24, 2011 (0)

More than just another 'Kawaii' face
Bruce Rutledge
June 16, 2011 (0)

Hurricane Story - Free Offer!
Dave Jacobson
June 9, 2011 (0)

Books for Katrina-hit New Orleans Schools
David Jacobson
May 25, 2011 (0)

Todd Shimoda wins Hawaii's top literary award
Chin Music Press
April 12, 2011 (1)

"The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P": A Review
Will Eells
March 28, 2011 (0)

A great sorrow
Bruce Rutledge
March 25, 2011 (1)

Blog Entry
A Katrina Scavenger Hunt
Rex Noone
April 28, 2015

New Orleans will come back because the debris of homes and lives will eventually be cleared away from the streets, and the people in the taxis and buses, and especially those in limousines, will look out the window and forget what had been. – Ernest Gaines, August 2006

For all of us who pass by the streets of our city, in the taxis, buses and especially limousines, I call on the citizens of New Orleans to walk a few blocks in the neighborhoods that were destroyed 10 years ago.  I call on New Orleanians to seek the reminders of that time. 

Let’s call it a scavenger hunt.

First, find one of those spray-painted x’s that adorned (almost) every house in the aftermath of the flood.  There were many months, after that storm, when I would suggest looking into the empty houses, to see if the number in the lower quadrant (the mortality count) was correct – but that time has passed.

Second, find a blue tarp on a roof.  Hint: if you find one, it will not be very blue anymore.  Search for a gray, tattered thing barely hanging on a dilapidated home.  I saw one recently, driving on I-10, looking down on … no, I can’t tell you where.  That would be cheating.

Third, find a FEMA trailer parked in a driveway or a front yard.  If this proves impossible, simply purchase some formaldehyde and breathe in deeply.  As you do so, see if you can thank the federal government for their concern.

Four, find a president.  There will be more presidents in town this week than were anywhere near the ground of New Orleans 10 years ago.  Count ‘em – three!  There’ll be a Clinton, a Bush and an Obama.  If getting a glimpse of one proves too difficult, simply look up at any random plane flying by.

Five, find a stranger with a Katrina tattoo.  Not merely a NOLA tattoo, but a Katrina tat.

Extra Points: When you find that tat, ask the person how long he or she has lived in New Orleans.  If they have lived here for less than ten years … extra points!

If that newbie has a “NOLA 4 LIFE” tattoo, double-extra points!

Six, find a good example of post-Katrina gentrification.  Hint: follow the newbie.

Seven, find a good bookstore and purchase a copy of Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?  Then read the “lagniappe” story at the end of the book.  Shameless self-promotion seems to be an appropriate topic after the gentrification.

Eight, visit the site of a restaurant or home or store that we lost due to the flood or due to any of the post-disaster problems.  Bring a drink of your choice, and sit where you can see that location, regardless of what may be there now.  Contemplate the loss.

Congratulations!  You have completed the Katrina Scavenger Hunt!

I’d like to hear from you.  Where did you find your items?  Which one was the most difficult?  

Thanks, and happy anniversary!

 



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