Letters from New Orleans

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Garrett County Press, 2005 - Travel - 220 pages
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Rob Walker, columnist for The New York Times Magazine, energises the lately enervated worlds of memoir and travelogue with his book-length debut, 'Letters From New Orleans', a reconnaissance of a city obsessed with the forensic details of denial. Walker traded his New York life, including a decent media job, back in January of 2000. He and his girlfriend set up shop in New Orleans and soon after, Walker began sending, via email, 'The Letter From New Orleans' to interested parties. All fourteen pieces, along with additional material and photo spectra, are included in the book. Subjects covered include: celebratory gunfire, rich people, Michelle Shocked, the riddle of race relations today, robots, fine dining, drunkenness, urban decay, debutantes, the nature of identity, Gennifer Flowers, the song 'St James Infirmary', and mortality.

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User Review  - dauphine - LibraryThing

I bought the book at a little bookshop in the FQ on my last trip to NOLA. I have been to the city many times but this book gives a different perspective than you get as an average tourist as the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Neverwithoutabook - LibraryThing

What a treat this was! To re-visit New Orleans through Rob Walker's eyes was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed every part of this book. It had me wishing I had explored more and gotten to know more of ... Read full review

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to new orleans
day 2
day 3
day 4
day 5
3 theory
the singing the song
ms flowers
under the freeway
a proposal
the desire line
golden arrow

death and after
holiday burning
st james infirmary
the toni morrison interchange
the schloegel findings
Away from New Orleans Or Regarding Katrina

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About the author (2005)

Rob Walker is a columnist ("Consumed") for The New York Times Magazine. He is also a contributing writer for Inc. Magazine. He lives in New York.

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