Issue 62, Fall 2008

Issue 62, Fall 2008


The New Orleans-Gulf Coast Issue

This special issue of the Oxford American is devoted to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, three years after Hurricane Katrina, featuring stories from residents and writers of the place.

Features by Lolis Eric Elie, Sarah M. Broom, David Ramsey, and Peter Zinn. Fiction by Nic Pizzolatto.

Other essays by C.D. Wright, William Caverlee, Ernest J. Gaines, Anne Gisleson, Jesmyn Ward, and more.


Columns and Departments

Editor’s Box 
by Marc Smirnoff

Publisher’s Note
by Warwick Sabin

Gone Off Up North 
by Roy Blount Jr. 
Finding a perfect match for Bill Clinton.

Local Fare
by John T. Edge 
A local mecca for catfish lovers.

Food 
by Wright Thompson 
Remembrance of things past.

Writing on Writing 
by Constance Adler 
A dream comes true.

Family 
by Jesmyn Ward
Our legacy of not evacuating.

Family 
by Michelle Richmond 
Remembering a childhood storm from a long-ago summer.

Politics 
by Ellen Ann Fentress 
Did Mississippi’s governor do the right things in post-Katrina chaos?

Place 
by Moira Crone 
Local bar can say it all.

Community 
by C.D. Wright 
Love in the ruins.

Place 
by Anne Gisleson
It’s funny what we hold onto.

Community 
by Alex V. Cook 
Did all the newcomers to Baton Rouge suddenly make it…cool?

Meditations 
by Ada Liana Bidiuc 
The summer doldrums.

Food 
by Sarah Roahen
A hidden: sausages.

Lagniappe
by Brett Anderson 
A short list of restaurants that survived and are better than ever.

Art 
by Bill Sasser 
The artist Willie Birch sees the promise and the darkness of New Orleans’ future.

Personalities 
by Mark Winegardner 
Dr. Ben Marble, an unlikely hero, gave Dick Cheney a taste of his own medicine.

Community 
by Maura Fitzgerald 
The spirit of a lounge.

Southern Lit 
by William Caverlee 
What is the great New Orleans novel? Here are a few suggestions.

Writing on Writing 
by Ned Sublette 
History in the making.

Southern Lit 
by Clay Risen 
Here’s an author deserving of a fresh look.

Writing on Writing 
by Ernest J. Gaines 
The two greatest moves in his life were leaving Louisiana and returning to Louisiana.


Features

STILL LIVE, WITH VOICES
by Lolis Eric Elie
Not neat, not linear, and not monosyllabic.

NO DIRECTION KNOWN
by Chris Rose
Wrong turns, deadends, and all the agony and ecstasy one man can take.

LETTING HER GO
by Sarah M. Brown
Why it’s so hard to leave and also why it’s necessary.

WHY I STAYED
by Jed Horne
It wasn’t an easy decision.

I WILL FOREVER REMAIN FAITHFUL
by David Ramsey
Rap music helps a teacher connect with his students.


Fiction

WANTED MAN
by Nic Pizzolatto
Family drama—with guns, explosions, shoot-outs, and strange creatures—on the Louisiana prairie.

MY SECRET GARDEN
by Peter Zinn
A boy follows a girl to New Orleans and finds himself lost in a garden.


Poetry

Epithalamium
by Forrest Gander

Honey Behind the Sun
by Greg Brownderville

Invitation to the Gretna Royals
by Alison Pelegrin

Lament
by Ginny Kaczmarek

Thanksgiving on the Gulf
by Wilmer Mills


Cover: “Ally Running” by Samuel Portera