As we approach the 5th anniversary of the flooding of New Orleans, it's clear that, though the city has seen a profusion of "Katrina" art and music, the major enduring presence of the catastrophe has been on the bookshelf.
In New Orleans, there have been notable steps forward in arts, education and entrepreneurship since Katrina. The bad news is that the "temporary" pumps installed for future floods do not, and cannot work.
Harry Shearer's main criticism of The Nation's investigation into Katrina's hidden race war is that it wasn't something else. He attacked us for writing an expose about race, violence and police brutality in New Orleans and not on his preferred subject.