I don’t have to leave New Orleans, it’s leaving me: An interview with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin has always been a writer, he says, but his writing speaks for itself on this account. Ruffin, a New Orleans native, earned his MFA in 2013 and has been taking the literary community by storm ever since.…

Remembering Chauncey: Post-Katrina through the lens of a goat

Editor’s note: The goats of Y’Herd Me, a goat-powered landscaping operation run by Morgana King, will be on hand for a winter solstice event, Christmas with the Goats, from 5 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Clouet Gardens…

You could almost do a heat map of online activity

An interview with Cynthia Joyce on editing post-Katrina web content into the new book PLEASE FORWARD. Room 220 is pleased to host a Happy Hour Salon to celebrate the local launch of Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans After Katrina, edited…

Authors John M. Barry and Jed Horne (and others!) to discuss Post-Katrina Rapture culture March 1 at Indywood

Alright, alright. This post really isn’t about a literary event—it’s about a film screening, the New Orleans premiere of Good People Go To Hell, Saved People Go To Heaven at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 at Indywood (628 Elysian Fields). But…

UNO Press seeks submissions for an anthology of online post-Katrina writing

The University of New Orleans Press—in collaboration with editor, journalist, and former New Orleanian Cynthia Joyce—is seeking recommendations for content to include in a new anthology of some of the best Hurrican Katrina-related blogging and online writing. “If you wrote,…

A mind-boggling array of personalities and perspectives to debate the ‘teachable moment’ of Katrina in a regional and global context

Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South will bring together a motley crew of authors, artists, academics, activists, and others to hold forth on how the “lessons” of Katrina might be deployed to think about the future—not only…

Turning the reader on to our city anew: An interview with Susan Larson

By Derick Dupre Susan Larson has established herself as the most visible individual guide to literary New Orleans. A new edition of her compendium, The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans, has just been released, offering updates to its takes on…

A Simple Hat and a Complicated Story: The Risk of Unreliable Storytelling in a Recovering City

Nine Lives author Dan Baum will present his work at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Tulane University’s Freeman Auditorium. In honor of his appearance, Room 220 is delighted to repost an article on Baum by Ariella Cohen that…

Honor the stories: An interview with Daniel Wolff

By Jenga Mwendo Writer Daniel Wolff came to New Orleans five months after Hurricane Katrina with filmmaker Jonathan Demme, not knowing what they’d find. They were told the story was over, that all the “good shots” had already been taken.…

The political philosophy of a man-made disaster: A review of THE NEOLIBERAL DELUGE

The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans Cedric Johnson (ed.) University of Minnesota Press Reviewed by Andy Cook New Orleanians understand what is meant by the assertion that Hurricane Katrina was a man-made disaster.…

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