Regina Spektor's music, summer nights, and NYC are intertwined inside of me. As the air grows warm, I find myself listening to her music as she sings of summer in the city and selling butterflies on street corners. This summer, I am attending my first American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. I am bursting with pure joy to visit such a literary and musical city while attending my first professional conference. I have had a few summers in this city, and now I am ready to experience a small slice of another.
To prepare for the conference, I am reading books and articles with New Orleans as a theme. I am also watching films, television shows, and documentaries about New Orleans. I don't pretend that reading and watching these things will help me to completely understand the city. Yet, I want to give the city and the people who make it so wonderful the respect they deserve by preparing for my visit. I will just be a "tourist" (a terrible thing for most New Yorkers) in New Orleans, but at least I will be a well-read tourist.
As for the list below, I have inlcuded things that I have already read or seen, along with things that I am currently reading (and will be reading when I get back). The conference starts with the Keynote speaker, Dan Savage, who is a sex columnist, author, editor, and activist, whom I admire as much as Ira Glass (and I didn't think that was possible). I have included Mr. Savage on my list because he is funny, admirable, and worthy of recommendation. Please comment on the blog and include more suggestions for the list!
Non-Fiction Reading List:
Fiction Reading List:
Articles by Francis Lam (disclaimer: we have a mutual friend, but I have not met Mr. Lam, so I am still partially objective):
For a more complete list of works with New Orleans in mind, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans_in_fiction