The photograph I most regret not taking
It wasn’t Trethewey’s personal interpretation of Mississippi that I related to most, but her verbal rendering of the national park I worked at for three and a half years.
That’s the problem with living in a UNESCO City of Literature—too many poets.
If you want to feel like you truly know nothing, be a public information officer on the oil spill response.
Cheering spectators catch candy and beads thrown to them as a float passes by.
Not long after Hurricane Katrina, I spotted this sandpiper on Ship Island. It did a little “broken wing” act before flying off. The broken wing act might mean it had a nest it was drawing my attention from. September 26, 2005 (.MOV file, 4.4 MB). Your browser does not support the video tag
A wildland firefighter removes a tree from a fence with a chainsaw.
Wind and waves are always rearranging barrier islands. If you’ve ever stood on the beach at the edge of the water and watched the sand sloshing around your feet in the waves, you’ve seen it action.
When I worked in New York City, I brought a new park ranger to see the salt marsh at Great Kills Park on Staten Island.
While Hurricane Katrina pulverized the Mississippi Gulf Coast early on Monday, August 29 I visited the little shotgun shack in Tupelo where Elvis Presley was born.
I wrote this letter about a radio segment I endured every morning in Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Broadcasting official who wrote back actually thought I wanted them to program a segment on aquariums.
I am getting out of here much later than I wanted to.
I am not inclined to consider my departure from the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a sad thing.
The weather was perfect but it was more of the redneck beer crowd than the family crowd out there.
Iowa seems like a pretty nice place to live.
The way French Louisianans cook. The way French Louisianans dress.
Iowa is the third most livable state in 2006.
The walk into town isn’t a very nice one.
Wasabi is good shit.
I got in okay last night, not too hung over from Evrim’s vodka milkshakes.