Thursday, November 22, 2007


As someone who toiled as a journalist in the long-ago, I am drawn to observe the holiday requirements of writing something appropriate to the day. I started at the screen long-and-hard, but found myself struggling through the post-dinner haze with nothing on my mind.I wandered over to the blog roll at right and looked for what my fellow Orleanians and others might have to say on this holiday.

I found Schroeder's own clever crib from reviews of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans:

So why do we stay and wait?

Maybe it’s like Blanchard said half-joking at his concert: He tells people elsewhere: Don’t worry, New Orleans will survive "because we hate your music and we hate your food."

In other words, we stay because this place births talents such as Pierce and Blanchard and they in turn wrap us in a warm embrace with their art, because they know it’s what we need to stay strong.

And, although we cry and fume, we stay and we wait, leaning on one another, propping one another up and hoping for something brighter as we wonder what the future will bring.

I hardly know how to add or improve upon that. To live in a place where every breath is a prayer of hope or thanksgiving for life itself even at its most difficult moments, where every step holds the promise of becoming a parade, a hip-shaking celebration driven by the music,and every meal as simple as dripping roast beef po-boy is a marvelous feast: it's hard to imagine the need for a day set aside for Thanksgiving.

For this, I am thankful.

Mark, about that blog archive, you would want to talk to Irene Wainwright, head of the Louisiana Division of the Main Library. Or you might want to talk to Mark Cave at the Historic New Orleans Collection -- he is an archivist who is creating an oral history file of Katrina first responders right now.

Be advised, however, that either of them would probably expect you to do the bulk of the work, and would then graciously accept the finished result for their collection. :) That's the way these things go.

If you're serious, you could look into getting a grant to create a digital library, which would involve buying a web server for storage, Internet access fees, a budget for continual upkeep -- it's a big deal.

I will crosspost this into your/my comments. Email me if you'd like to talk about it more.
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