Saturday, September 03, 2005

A New Orleans Book Review

A very talented writer named Rob Walker, once at Slate, now a columnist for The New York Times Magazine, just published a fabulous book called "Letters From New Orleans." It's about his move from New York to New Orleans in 2000 and it's fantastic. If you love the city, or if you never knew it and now want to, you want this book. Rob's a fantastic writer.

I reviewed the book here at

This is really good, personal, essay journalism. It will tell you things you never knew about the city, even if you lived there. Rob got outside of himself on this one and wrote more about New Orleans than he did about himself, which is a real accomplishment in essay writing. It's not only relevant, but it's good enough that I sang its praises well before the disaster.


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