Read Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? by David Rutledge Craig Mod Toni McGee Causey Jason Berry Colleen Mondor Ray Shea Online


This beautifully designed hardcover book starts with a line of cars leaving the city ahead of Hurricane Katrina and ends in a mad Mardi Gras romp. The book winds through the streets of New Orleans toward a deeper understanding of just what this great, wounded city means to the United States. Many of the essays in this collection were composed by writers trying to piece theThis beautifully designed hardcover book starts with a line of cars leaving the city ahead of Hurricane Katrina and ends in a mad Mardi Gras romp. The book winds through the streets of New Orleans toward a deeper understanding of just what this great, wounded city means to the United States. Many of the essays in this collection were composed by writers trying to piece their lives together in the aftermath of the hurricane. Written in places like Baton Rouge, Houston, and Lafayette, these stories create a bridge back to the old New Orleans. And as the battle for this city rages on, this book becomes a razor-sharp weapon in the fight against corporate and governmental attempts to neuter a unique American city. The structure of the book parallels a New Orleans jazz funeral, mournful on the approach and celebratory on the return. Woven throughout the book is a series of interviews with New Orleans residents from all walks of life-jazz pianists, grain traders, tour guides, and others who make up this city. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? takes intimate looks at old New Orleans staples such as Cajun food and Zydeco music as well as some unexpected views on race, economics and living in exile.Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? is the second book from Chin Music Press. Chin Music released Kuhaku & Other Accounts from Japan in the spring of 2005 and immediately established itself as a publisher focused on meticulous design and collaboration among artists and writers....

Title : Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
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ISBN : 9780974199511
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 156 Pages
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Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Reviews

  • Allison
    2019-01-24 01:59

    This is a wonderful collection of stories that works to capture that undescribable "essence" of New Orleans. I was especially impressed by the editor's "alternative reading order" which is formatted around the various version of the song "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans". This alternative arrangement "spreads the pain and the laughs" [editor's words] and I would recommend it to anyone for whom Katrina stories hit close to home. The emotional nature of the sotries can be somewhat overwhelming otherwise.

  • Bob Redmond
    2019-02-15 04:50

    This collection of stories and essays was assembled in the months following Hurricane Katrina (2005) and retains the sense of horror, loss, and urgency from the aftermath of the storm. It also has a good bit of typical New Orleans humor (often of the gallows variety), lyricism, and joie de vivre.Standout pieces are by David Rutledge (from the gritty side of the French Quarter the night of the storm and before), Bill Lavender (from a boat in Mid-City), Sarah K. Inman (from a trapeze), and Ray Shea (from under a parade float as a teenage boy scout). Colleen Mondor writes eloquently on music, and the classic street flyer "The New Orleans Manifesto" (C.W. Cannon) is re-printed here.Another 9 or 10 pieces round out the book, at which point it must be noted that the book design and layout itself are also superb. We learn what a "lagniappe" is; there are collections of quotes, maps, woodcuts, epigrams, an alternative reading order, and subtle design jokes by designer Craig Mod scattered throughout. Editor David Rutledge and his brother Bruce (publisher for Chin Music Press) have created an indelible expression of the city, still vital despite -- or because of -- its survival from the broken levees.*Why I read this book: Working on a cultural exchange with artists from New Orleans, I have been researching writers from that city. This book was recommended to me several times, and when I saw it in a bookstore in NOLA (Octavia Books, check it out!) I picked it up. Got to love carrying a suitcase full of books and only a change of clothes.

  • Ellen Herbert
    2019-02-19 01:54

    Slim volume with essays from Ground Zero - dating from Mark Twain to current times of the Crescent City. Beautiful decay, violence, heart-breaking tales of history lost to us forever by the careless hand of the Bush Administration and brave hope. 19th century etchings show the French Market, the swamps and street corners throughout the city. To be read over and over and treasured.

  • blue-collar mind
    2019-02-08 03:33

    It sounds disingenuous, but honestly, seriously, this is not on my list because of my connection to it.I do have an essay in this book, which was a cathartic moment for me and added karma for Chin Music Press bros Bruce and David, who will probably get free food from strangers for life for taking what I submitted.I wrote my essay in 2 hours because I found out about it at the very last possible moment to submit and with some skillful editing from Bruce, got it in among some writers I truly admire. Don't worry about telling me that you like my piece (really)-I wrote it as as a historical bookmark for food activism in post-levee break New Orleans, rather than as a living essay. It's okay, I write other things.Here's whom you should get this book for:C.W. Cannon's piece. (side note to the unmet author: It's part of my permanent manifesto now, Charles; I quote it often, but interestingly, I often forget one of the four reasons and have to reread to remember it. Don't you wonder which one?)Sarah K. Inman (wow) I think of this particular piece often as a reminder to take all of the bullshit away when I write.Bill Lavender (who I admire as a writer/poet and as a person, along with his partner Nancy, who I called Susan for a year until I read this essay and realized I had remembered her name wrong, and that she had either not minded me calling her by the wrong name all of that time, or had not noticed, which is possible with her either way.) Glad to read about what happened in my neighborhood from these two realists who stayed.Ray Shea's "inside" view (Yuck. Reminds me to let someone else catch the beads from the drunkest of MG riders.)Toni McGee Causey's piece, which needs no explanations and should need no work to stay in print, no matter what CMP does with this book.Craig Mod's gorgeous book design; the stars on the back are hallucinatory if you follow the instructions. (Speaking of instructions, both of their books have sly little things stuck in places to find, good luck...)Overall, this should speak to individuals who will probably never meet and have only one thing in common; the belief that the right true words do help.Well two things; secondly, that we do know what it means.

  • Jenae
    2019-01-29 00:30

    Absolutely a must-have for any NOLA-centric bookshelf. The content is alternately funny, touching, heart-warming, and heart-wrenching; the tones vary from familiar to formal but all are beautifully voiced. The book itself is a gem - as they say in the movie business, it has very high production values. Every single printed word and line (from cover to cover, including the covers!) feels like it was deliberately put there by a human hand who was deeply invested in the final product. The enjoyment I derived on first reading was more than worth the money I paid, and I eagerly anticipate many future re-reads.

  • Patricia Burroughs
    2019-01-22 01:39

    My mother lived in New Orleans as a girl, and with family still in the area, watched the events of Katrina with horror. When I gave her this book, she read it cover to cover and loved it. I also was moved by this beautiful, small work of art. I recommend it to anyone with a bit of New Orleans in your heart.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-17 02:48

    Perfect read for a plane home from a trip to New Orleans, even 12 years after Katrina.

  • Sara
    2019-02-18 06:38

    this collection of essays, recipes, stories, old sketches of new orleans, email correspondence, quotes from famous new orleanians, and a little lagniappe is overall good but some sections are definitely stronger than others. overall, "the dirge," which is specifically about katrina and her aftermath, is stronger than the following section, "the return." however, i think "the return" is important, because some of the stories capture the unique essence of new orleans, and it's important not to lose sight of this as we rebuild. and the lagniappe, of course, is delicious.

  • Brett
    2019-01-30 06:43

    This is a great book especially for those with an intimate association with N'awlins. Having been born and raised in New Orleans I found this book to be an excellent retrospective of what New Orleans used to be. Some of the stories transport me back to familiar watering holes and jazz clubs that you would hardly ever find a tourist in. While some essays focus reminiscence of a great city others force tears for a city that was and will never be.Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

  • Maiya
    2019-02-13 02:41

    This is a hard, beautiful, necessary read. I've never been to New Orleans and I have no family there, but I'm a jazz trumpet player and the music woven throughout this collection hits hard.It's also just a gorgeously designed book.(Disclaimer: I just started working for Chin Music's book store, but I promise this isn't advertising.)

  • Richard McDonough
    2019-02-20 06:57

    Another nice little volume, paper over boards, by Chin Music. This is a collection of pieces one way or another loving and celebrating that fabled place. Disappointed nothing by Tisserand! Still, a love story that goes on and on with illustrations from the past. This is nearly finished and wonderful if you can find a copy.

  • Rachellspencer
    2019-02-05 06:42

    Want to know what I love about New Orleans? this touches on every part of the culture and what people were thinking during and shortly after relocating. It was published right away so, it is amazing how much life has come back.

  • Bethany Dirksen
    2019-01-21 05:33

    Some great short stories in this book. I felt that the first half was a little bit more interesting than the second. I personally liked the small nature of the book. Great for reading on public transportation!

  • Miranda Heath
    2019-01-30 04:59

    I've been trying to read this book for more than a year now. Rather boring, this one. But it is a pleasant collection of stories related to Katrina and, obviously, New Orleans. Not bad, I suppose. But I wouldn't recomend it.

  • Jessie Sevener
    2019-01-25 00:35

    I loved the short story format, it was easy to read and if I only had a few minutes, I could at least read one section. I also liked the variety of topics from different viewpoints, including Katrina, Mardi Gras, and traditions.

  • Tommy
    2019-01-20 07:31

    This was a great book for giving a feel of New Orleans and the sense of loss/desperation that occurred as a result of Katrina.

  • Christina
    2019-02-02 01:55

    This was a great read to set the mood for my awesome trip to New Orleans. The selection of writings varies in tone and diversity. An easy read before bed!

  • Carol
    2019-02-20 05:46

    Excellent short essays on post-Katrina New Orleans. Would have finished much sooner but only read on my lunch break.