The city that care forgot

Continuing from my previous post on Letters From New Orleans: Rob Walker was interviewed by Flak Magazine several weeks ago about his book, and that interview now seems eerily prescient.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit and throughout the still-unfolding aftermath, he has been asked many times his thoughts on the situation in New Orleans. Here is his latest response.

The aftermath of Katrina will, I suspect, have the effect on many people of feeling that they have seen a mask fall away. Certainly anyone who has lived in or really knows New Orleans already knew that behind the beauty of the French Quarter and the Garden District lay a sprawling and sometimes desperate underclass. Generally this is mentioned only in the