Reluctant Habits

Katrina Headlines XXII

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Okay, we’re doing our best to balance the tragic with the comic (one of the reasons we extended the photo contest). Apologies for the inconsistency in tone, but it keeps us sane. So here’s the latest rundown. Blog transforms into first-person account of what’s happening in New Orleans. Sounds like the police infrastructure has turned into Rio Bravo. (via MeFi) Multiple telethons prepared to raise funds for Katrina victims. NOLA: Looters getting closer to heavily populated areas. Radio used to inform people of horrors. Thousands now belived drowned; martial law…read more

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Naughty Reading Contest Deadline Extended to Sept. 2

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Because you folks have been sending us some fantastic photos and because we (among several others) await an entry from a certain literary hunk in Oakland (there have in fact been private requests sent to us!), we’ve decided to extend the Naughty Reading Photo Contest until this Friday. In particular, we’d like to see more men submit photos to even the gender playing field (as well as provide polymorphous opportunities for folks of varying levels of naughtiness). So have at it, shutterbugs! You’ve got two more days after tonight and…read more

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Naughty Reading Entry #6

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(Thanks, Kim!)

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DNA Disco-Dancing

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As the great Jimmy Beck has pointed out, the 1970s portion of the Paris Review DNA of Literature series is now alive and active. You’ll find Anthony Burgess, a remarkably square-jawed James M. Cain, Stanley Elkin, Joyce Carol Oates, Anthony Powell, the not-quite-dead P.G Wodehouse and Eudora Welty.

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Kepler’s Closes

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SFist beat me to the punch on this, but it is my sad duty to report that the incomparable Kepler’s has closed after fifty years of business, the victim of what they style an “economic downturn since 2001.”

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Miéville Alert

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It’s out, it’s here, and it’s in my hands. Sui generis fantasist China Miéville has a new collection of stories called Looking for Jake out. Some previously collected stories, such as the excellent “Reports of Certain Events in London” (which originally appeared in one of the Chabon-edited McSweeney’s compilations) are here. Others are quite new to me. This collection even includes a comic called “On the Way to the Front.” The book has been issued here in the States in trade paperback, but don’t let that stop you from sampling…read more

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Naughty Reading Entry #5

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(Thanks, Rachel!)

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Last Day of Naughty Reading!

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A reminder to all: today is the last day to submit your photos for the Naughty Reading Photo Contest. Please send all entries to ed AT edrants.com.

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Break in the Storm

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Okay, like you, I haven’t been sleeping. This Katrina thing depresses the hell out of me. And yet I am drawn to these horrible events because I have been obsessed with apocalypse since the age of four, which was when, I believe, I first learned about the Holocaust. Perhaps the much beloved churchgoer who once told my mother, “There’s something of the devil in that boy” (when I was five, no less) had a point. Although in my defense, I suppose this was probably because I dared to bring up…read more

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Katrina Headlines XXI

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Daily Kos performs crazed self-immolation of credibility. Strategic oil reserves opened; economists fear major gas crisis. Some good news in light of lootings and price gouging and general displacement: Millions have been contributed in relief. Interesting info about Bush: “Bush cut short his working vacation in Texas by two days — even though aides have long contended that his duties are uninterrupted when he spends time at his ranch in nearby Crawford, which has White House-level communications capability.” Death toll in Miss. remains unknown. More info on Miss.: “A 30-foot…read more

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Katrina Headlines XX

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Katrina Checkin: A place to connect people affected by Hurricane Katrina to their loved ones. While Bush continues to remain silent, Texas Governor Rick Perry pledges to open up the Astrodome, with evacuees arriving within the next 24 hours. Also from WWL blog, flights to New Orleans International could resume in two months. NOLA: Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Director Walter Maestri broke into tears, begging for necessities of life to be brought to workers. The phone number is 504-349-5360. No dignity for the dead. A list of what’s now gone…read more

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Non-Katrina Roundup

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Earlier in the year, Jenny McCarthy, one of the finest anthropologists of our time, sold a book for $1 million called Marriage Laughs. It was a book offering marriage advice. Unfortunately, it appears that Ms. McCarthy has had to go back to the drawing board. You see, she couldn’t follow her own advice. She’s divorcing husband John Asher. Perhaps she can successfully retool her book. After all, how many self-help books are out there that offer a winning formula for short-term marriage. Here’s a potential title for Ms. McCarthy: Short-Attention…read more

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Huzzahs to the Times-Picayune

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The Times-Picayune must be commended for their remarkable journalism under the circumstances. Remarkable photos, first-hand accounts and solid information to draw conclusions from. These folks are still putting out a newspaper despite having to capitulate their building and despite a paper edition precluded by the rising waters. In today’s edition, there are the following details: Terry Ebert, director of New Orleans Homeland Security: “Truth to tell, we’re not too far from filling in the bowl.” The waters are rising at about 3 inches per hour. There are apparently gangs of…read more

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Katrina Headlines XIX

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Email from rescuer at BoingBoing. CNN says the people at the Superdome, who number between 12,000 and 15,000, could be there for a week. Apparently, plans to rescue these people are being made. But nothing has been revealed thus far. With rising floodwaters, it would seem to me that some action should be determined immediately. WDSU: Entire city will soon be underwater. A three-foot shark is cruising the streets. The word from Lieutenant Governor Landrieu: 3,000 rescued to date. Also, the helicopters that were planning to drop 3,000 pound sandbags…read more

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Photo Caption Racism

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Black people loot, white people borrow. (via Maud)

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Katrina Headlines XVIII

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Goddam. I thought we were going to win this. The latest from WWL: “Efforts to stop the levee break at the 17th Street Canal have ended unsuccessfully and the water is expected to soon overwhelm the pumps in that area, allowing water to pour into the east bank of Metairie and Orleans to an expected height of 12-15 feet.” Times-Picayune: “Homes in West End, Bucktown and at the Orleans-Jefferson Parish line are nearly underwater, with residents being plucked from the water and rooftops by passing boats, WWL-TV video shows.” Biloxi…read more

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Katrina Headlines XVII

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Closing levee breaches is National Guard’s top priority. A helpful history of hurricane flooding. Katrina is equivalent of Ivan in some parts of Alabama. Inflation worries. Overview of Katrina’s effects, at a glance. Latest from WWL: Navy now sending three ships from Gulf Coast. Four dead in St. Tammany. More at Brendan Loy’s about the levee breach threat abating and the potential threat from the Mississippi, given Katrina’s work up north. Nearly two days after this all started, Bush finally gets around to delivering a statement. Remarkable. Of course, there’s…read more

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Katrina Headlines XVI

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The big question: is there any confirmation that the water is still rising or have the sandbags dropped in the levee somehow managed to halt the waterflow from the lake? WWL is now reporting that state officials are trying to figure out how to transfer 4,000 inmates from the New Orleans jail and 1,000 inmates from the Jefferson Parish jail. Both prisons face flooding. Now all hotel guests are going to the Superdome. Now here’s where Republican self-sufficient state policy gets interesting: Louisiana is begging the White House to waive…read more

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Katrina Headlines XV

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Great coverage over at Brendan Loy. Many victims left with nothing. Video aerial tour of coastline wiped out is at MSNBC. Hugh Hewitt wants some ideas on how to coordinate fundraising. Looting: “It’s downtown Baghdad.” How the media’s been improvising to report the storm. Retail stocks take plunge. MSNBC’s Janet Shamlian describes what she’s seen in a Q&A. Katrina effort is largest undertaking of American Red Cross in its history. More global warming name-calling from Ross Gelbspan. More good coverage from Deadly Katrina. Blanco says there is a plan to…read more

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Katrina Headlines XIV

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National Guard says there’s 60,000 people in the Superdome. One of the deaths at the Superdome: a person leaping to their death from the upper level. Biloxi apartment complex: 30 dead in collapse. Mobile Loaves and Fishes coming into act. $3 gas in Omaha. Logic Voice points to this Democracy Now item: Iraq war will play role in recovery. Much of the Louisiana National Guard’s equipment is in Iraq. Overview of Katrina’s economic effects. Behind the scenes at the National Hurricane Center. Times-Picayune: Latest update on neighborhoods. Seems that area…read more

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Rising Floodwaters Outside Superdome

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Katrina Headlines XIII

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Current efforts to stop flood: Helicopters dropping 3,000-pound sandbags onto one of levees. Dead bodies being tossed to the side. It’s official from Blanco: there is now no drinkable water in New Orleans. The storm broke a major water main. Question: What are the plans now to evacuate the 20,000 people at the Superdome? Storm Digest has a graphic depicting levee breach areas. Leave it to Der Spiegel to suggest that Katrina is the result of U.S. environmental policy. Hugo Chavez pledges food and aid despite recent remarks. Rising oil…read more

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Katrina Headlines XII

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Big Three automakers allow for deferred car loans. Video link: Mayor describes status of New Orleans. WWL blog now reports that widespread looting is going down, people grabbing racks of clothes, electronics, whatever they can. Another resource from Michelle (if I haven’t mentioned it already): Eyes on Katrina. The figure now for people in the Superdome is 20,000. From Joshua Marshall: “Jeff Parish President. Residents will probably be allowed back in town in a week, with identification only, but only to get essentials and clothing. You will then be asked…read more

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Katrina Headlines XI

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The Times-Picayune issued an all-digital paper today. Hundreds may be dead. Bush to return to Washington. At least three deaths at the Superdome. Looters have taken to the streets. WWL has a blog up. Currently, thousands are still in the Superdome, despite rising waters. Blanco wants them evacuated, but there are no firm plans. Unconfirmed rumor: There is a fire somewhere near the Superdome. Flood photo slideshow. Efforts to evacuate hospital patients, as floods now stopping power generators. First-hand tale of deaths at boarding house.

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But No Village Green Preservation Society

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List of perfect albums, as decided upon over at Plastic.

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Bush Demonstrates Priorities as Floods Bombard South; Spends Time Shaking Hands with Veterans Rather Than Katrina Victims

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Post-Katrina Update

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I didn’t realize that the fantastic Susannah Breslin had moved to New Orleans, but I’m thankful to learn from Xeni Jardin that she’s safe. As suggested here repeatedly, donating to the Red Cross is among the best things you can do right now to help out. At the present time, the French Quarter is battered but not broken. But as Rory notes, one of BT’s friend has reported that a levee has burst and water from Lake Pontchartrain is causing the flooding to rise. With the machinery to pump out…read more

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An Announcement from Apple

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Apple Computer is preparing to make an important announcement next week. This announcement will be bigger than all other announcements. It is very important that you pay attention and that you clear your front page and social obligations that day. You must not live even obliquely, because this is Apple talking. Not some johnny come lately, but FUCKING APPLE, if you catch the drift. It is very likely that this announcement will be the biggest announcement in the history of Apple, if not the whole of human history. This announcement…read more

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The Bat Segundo Show #6

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Approximate Date: An evening in the Mission in mid-August, 2005 Author: Norman Solomon Condition of Mr. Segundo: Lonely, wistful, about as romantic as Mr. Segundo is capable of. Subjects Discussed: The relationship between government policy and media, the U.S. government as advertising model, war as product, Charlotte Beers, the element of casualties, use of the flag, “We’re Number 1,” criticizing government without having access to national security documents, the relationship between raw war coverage and antiwar sentiment, transformation of media and propaganda over the past forty years, new media vs….read more

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Kubrick + UT2003 = Newfound Pop Art?

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Evil Interiors (via Greencine Daily)

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