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An Interview With Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin About Katrina and His New Book

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  1. JuleS says:

    I wouldn’t waste a fraction of a second or a fraction of a penny on what this pea-brained legend-in-his-own-mind has to say about anything.

    I’ll never forget how incredulous I was listening to Nagin less than two hours after the hurricane subsided, as he pontificated and postured for 45 minutes to a reporter with CNN about the disaster. What I was thinking was, “doesn’t the mayor of New Orleans have more important things to do right now than talk to CNN?” A quick 3-minute interview, I could understand — but nearly an HOUR?

    Nagin was worse for the city than Katrina, partly because of his profound ignorance, arrogance and lunacy and mostly because he did almost nothing to clean up after the disaster — which is why he became the FORMER mayor of New Orleans following the next election after the hurricane.

    And now he has the audacity to try to profit from his ineptitude. The depth of some people’s idiocy never, yet always, ceases to amaze me.

  2. Paul Harris says:

    I love the idea that this was self-published because Nagin gets to freely share his thoughts, as paranoid and wild as they may have been at times. Any of us who were there had some similar thoughts though as to what may or may not have happened to us.

    Paul Harris
    Author, “Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina”

    1. Paul, you don’t have any qualms about the quality and fact checking involved with self publishing? The entire idea of a publishing industry, is to vet manuscripts for quality, to spare the public vanity press releases. Otherwise, every single person who types on their computer can claim they are a writer and published. Why should the reading public with their few dollars have to navigate through all the unedited, not proofread vanity pieces to find a decent book?

      Writers hone their craft for years to be the best they possibly can so when they are accepted by a publisher, the public at least knows some professional has read, re-read, edited unnecessary passages, fixed poor grammar, found typos and spellchecked, and PAID the writer for their work, not the other way around.

      In terms of something like a memoir, it’s all subjective anyway. I doubt a publisher would have forced any thing on Mayor Nagin he didn’t want–contracts can be set up to reflect what the author and publisher want.

      I think that self publishing can be a mistake for an individual such as the mayor. If there is no one to oversee the project, help with the technical end, as well as narrative, then he risks the end product being inferior, and readers uninterested.

      1. Adrianne says:

        A functional link to the article you link at the bottom is:

        Also… technically (from a copyright law perspective), every single person who types on their computer and clicks “publish” on their blogger site is a writer and published. I know it’s not what you meant, but just in the interests of accuracy. [/copyright law geekdom]

        1. Thanks, Adrianne–I hadn’t realized it wasn’t working–when I tested it, it seemed fine.
          As for self published, I write stuff on this blog all the time, and technical or not, I am not a published author. I am someone who has no editor, no punctual, typo oversight, and probably no talent, lol. A perfect example of a self published author, as I describe–but I don’t try to claim I’m such.
          Copyright is a odd odd thing. Everything before 1923 is in the public domain if already published, right? I’m thinking about illustrative art, now. Will the year ever change? I don’t know where I got the idea that each year that goes by, the public domain expands one year, lol. By that thinking, this year everything up to 1924 would be public domain. Sigh. Too bad.

  3. I thought Nagin was re-elected right after the hurricane? I need to check on that. but I was sort of surprised when that occurred. I’ve not read all sides of the story at this point, and am trying to have an open mind.

    I agree, no person in charge of a disaster should be talking to the media for an hour.

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