Have you all been reading the New Orleans Journal by Dan Baum on the New Yorker website? He reported on the city in the storm's aftermath and is back again living here for several months working on a book. The journal is a more or less daily record of his stay. It's excellent.
I've grown wary of outside reporters who, when they come to our city, often bring a suitcase full of clichés and pat oversimplifications. But Dan brings genuine interest and intense curiosity, and he's digging his way into all sorts of remote corners and finding all sorts of interesting people and odd tidbits. (Raccoon meat cooked in seafood boil? It's news to me.)
He gets it, the bad and the good—all the dysfunction and very real problems but also the unique draw of this place, the thousands of little moments and details that make so many of us so fanatically devoted to it. Seeing our city through his wide open eyes is a true pleasure.