New Orleans, LA., 11/01/2005 -- A closet with suits hanging exposed to the outside elements at a home that was destroyed in the Lower 9th Ward due to Hurricane Katrina. Andrea Booher/FEMA
“'Additional people.'” That’s us.
The new kids on the block, all across America. It’s a better term than “evacuees,” which sounds so temporary and fraught with emergency…
It’s funny, but out there in the Great Elsewhere that is America, New Orleans seems to get most or all of the focus of the national media. As if this whole thing happened only in a place called the Lower 9th Ward. As the memory and images and impact of Katrina fade into the national consciousness, so, too, it seems, does the geographical and emotional scope of its damages, not to mention (hurricane) Rita’s. From the Texas border to Mobile Bay, a huge swath of America took a grenade. And everything changed everywhere."
1 Dead in Attic, p. 217