Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich is the author of two novels: Odds against Tomorrow, which will be published next year, and The Mayor’s Tongue. He lives in New Orleans.

Mud, Mud, Mud: New Orleans

Nathaniel Rich, 22 November 2012

One of the most peculiar aspects of the public debate that followed Hurricane Katrina was the emphatic assertion, repeated incessantly in the press, that the storm was a ‘once in a generation’, ‘once in a lifetime’ or ‘once in a century’ event. Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans at the time, bears some of the responsibility: ‘The city has never seen...

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