The new Oxford American
, out today, focuses on New Orleans. It was printed pre-Gustav, which really brings home the struggle of a quarterly magazine to stay contemporary. Then again, maybe with all the recent focus on the Gulf Coast more people will pick it up.
I've only breezed through it, but I can wholeheartedly recommend picking it up if for no other reason than to read my buddy David Ramsey's piece on teaching in the Recovery School District and Lil Wayne. It's a fantastic read, and I'm not saying that out of nepotism.
Release note from publisher Warwick Sabin below.
In the wake of Hurricane Gustav's near-miss of New Orleans, The Oxford
American magazine today released its third issue of 2008 entitled "Three
Years Later: New Orleans and The Gulf Coast: In Their Own Words."
The issue documents the tragic events of the Hurricane Katrina and the
lasting impact it had on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Furthermore,
most of the writers are residents of the region, so there are some
compelling personal stories. For example:
● "Letting Her Go," by Sarah Broom, who recently resigned her
position as speech writer for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
● "No Direction Known" by Chris Rose, a writer for the New Orleans
Times-Picayune and author of "1 Dead in Attic."
● "Louisiana Bound," a reflection by the legendary Ernest J. Gaines,
National Book Award winner and Oprah's Book Club author.