Friday, May 18, 2007

Burro Hall Book Club

This week's featured tome is City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina by the folks at the Center for Public Integrity. According to Publisher's Weekly:

This objective investigation conducted by seven outstanding journalists is an overwhelming indictment of the failure on the part of government and nongovernment agencies to respond to both the threat and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina....Graphic black-and-white photos throughout are a haunting reminder of the television images of a helpless and dying American city that horrified the country in 2005. This excellent exposé of corruption and incompetence, conducted under the auspices of the Center for Public Integrity (a nonpartisan organization that sponsors investigative journalism) should lead to calls for future accountability.

Okay, six of the journalists are "outstanding" - the other is me. This is not to say that I've actually read the book yet. LSU Press allegedly put a few copies of it in the mail but, cheap bastards that they are, sent them regular post - which, in my case, means the Mexican Postal Service. By the time they get here, four of them will be missing and the remnants of New Orleans will have been long washed away by the 2007 hurricane season.

The Center is apparently facing some serious budget problems and recently shitcanned about 10 people, including some who worked on this book, so you can either order a few extra copies as a gesture of solidarity, or you can reject it altogether out of disgust at their shortsightedness, in which case I'll just email you a copy of my chapter and post the photos they used here on Burro Hall.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bought the book, but shopped on Amazon instead. Apparently, customers who bought your book also bought "The Queen", "Babel" and "The Departed." I however, did not. I'm thinking of buying something highly inappropriate just to see it paired with your book, though. "Customers who bought this book also enjoyed The Karma Sutra."

-Julie (cousin)

Burro Hall said...

"Customers" - plural? Ooh, lawdy, we havin' biscuits tonight!

Those are at least some pretty good movies. I was worried that "Customers who bought this book also enjoyed Irrigation and Land Usage: Implications for Public Policy.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear that Julie bought it. Now I can borrow it from her and save all that money.

M

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you could get your name on a book after you read it. Congratulations, Frank

Burro Hall said...

Thanks, Franker. This means your name should be on the cover of "Son of Sniglets" by now.