Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Herman Melville's Bartleby adopted by Up With People?

Phil Nugent has a fairly stunning piece called "An American City: New Orleans, Helen Hill and Me" in the Valentine's Day issue of webzine The High Hat. It's long enough that it may be worth your while to print it rather than reading it on screen, but I think you can't afford not to read it if you care about New Orleans: it's a smart, fierce, sad, deeply unsettling essay. And the picture of Helen at the top is an absolute heartbreaker.


  1. Wow. What an amazing piece. It made me wish that I had known Helen Hill, and also that I had known New Orleans.

  2. You're right. A very moving, very upsetting piece. Thanks for the link.

  3. Thanks for pointing this out. I liked the honesty of the writing, even up to the part about how you can't expect people to stay mad about even something like Katrina forever--there's too much else too much newer to be mad about.

    It was also a moving portrait of Helen.