Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? by David Rutledge
This beautifully designed hardcover book starts with a line of cars leaving the city ahead of Hurricane Katrina and ends in a mad Mardi Gras romp. The book winds through the streets of New Orleans toward a deeper understanding of just what this great, wounded city means to the United States. Many of the essays in this collection were composed by writers trying to piece their lives together in the aftermath of the hurricane. Written in places like Baton Rouge, Houston, and Lafayette, these stories create a bridge back to the old New Orleans. And as the battle for this city rages on, this book becomes a razor-sharp weapon in the fight against corporate and governmental attempts to neuter a unique American city.
The structure of the book parallels a New Orleans jazz funeral, mournful on the approach and celebratory on the return. Woven throughout the book is a series of interviews with New Orleans residents from all walks of life-jazz pianists, grain traders, tour guides, and others who make up this city. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? takes intimate looks at old New Orleans staples such as Cajun food and Zydeco music as well as some unexpected views on race, economics and living in exile.
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? is the second book from Chin Music Press. Chin Music released Kuhaku & Other Accounts from Japan in the spring of 2005 and immediately established itself as a publisher focused on meticulous design and collaboration among artists and writers.
The best things to do in New Orleans for 3 days
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New Orleans has its own dimensional physics: Things that shouldn't take long, do, while things that seem like they'd last a while, don't. For instance: the St. Walking from one end of the Quarter to the other, however, takes maybe a half-hour, tops. The National WWII Museum is immensely impressive, not to mention impressively immense -- you could rightly dedicate a whole day to it. And the amount of time you should wait in line for a Bourbon Street hurricane to-go cup?
Speaking of beignets, these pseudo-donuts are doused with powdered sugar. Not only will it get all over your hands face, but also your clothes. The US is already known for large portions, but even Americans will gasp at the serving size at many New Orleans restaurants. With so many indulgent items to choose from throughout your stay, save some cash and calories by splitting meals with a friend. Fun fact: according to Louisiana law, chicken is a vegetable! A long, covered walkway shares the history of the French Quarter and leads you to a secluded courtyard.
Experience Mardi Gras off-season. Technically, Mardi Gras season only spans a few weeks in January and February. But the spirit means so much here—a celebration of community, art, history, beginnings, joy, and so much more—that understanding Mardi Gras is fundamental to understanding New Orleans. Club-hosted Second Lines parades with brass bands and plenty of dancing happen throughout the year, seemingly every holiday inspires some marching, and any given French Quarter Saturday may have a few parading weddings. Experience Mardi Gras in-season, but go early. The week of Mardi Gras day includes beautiful elements—the aforementioned Mardi Gras Indians, the spiritual experience that is the St. Prepare to walk.
Don’t set a strict agenda
Don't want to misstep? Here's how to avoid feeling like a tourist in a town crawling with them. Walk down Bourbon Street one time, in the middle of the day, and then never go back. Experience it, but don't spend your time there. No one in New Orleans calls it that. Do go to hole-in-the-wall bars. If you're in the French Quarter, go to Molly's on the Market.