Dan Baum, writer of the New Orleans Journal, has departed New Orleans. He came to live here last January and to write about post-Katrina life. I’ve found his daily insights to be quite reassuring, and I’m really sad to see him leave. His compassionate farewell is a poignant account of what’s unique and special about this city. Still, to me, his post from April 16th about Hubig’s Pies is the best answer to those perennial questions: How will New Orleans recover? Why is this city worth saving?
Read about the pies, thoughtfully and with complete enjoyment. And be sure to allow yourself an extra moment to savor the last line.
P.S. If you want a better practice, start using the 80/20 Principle.
I love this article – thanks for posting.
Great article Ernie – summer has settled in much to my chagrin – hope you’re well.
I was sorry to see he was leaving too. Mostly I’m sorry that he won’t be writing his journal in the New Yorker any more. I do happen to have a great affection for his new home though. It’s a great secret and a fine city. Thanks for the link to the Hubig’s Pie piece. I hadn’t seen that.
Here is a radio interview given by Mr. Baum after he left New Orleans. You can tell he has lost his heart to the city.https://www.radioopensource.org/notes-from-new-orleans/