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Mailbag: "Stories That Do Not Belong to You," A Response to Beller's NY'er Piece


Tulane prof Dr. Thomas Beller recently published "Don't Call It Katrina," an essay about the Federal Flood and Katrina in The New Yorker magazine. the essay was received with critical kudos and social media buzz. However, reader Robin McDowell was not impressed. Below she offers a rebuttal arguing that Beller's article continues a dangerous practice of subjugating minorities.


Exotic Romancing at Tennessee Williams Fest


from Mark Folse of Odd Words

Is New Orleans truly the most exotic locale in the United States, or just the victim of good press? Panel moderator David Johnson started out the Tennessee Williams Festival panel on Writing New Orleans: The Most “Exotic” Place in America with a famous quote by Williams: “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”


Thomas Beller Tracks iPhone Snatchers of Black Pearl, and Writes About It


Here at NoDef, we've chronicled the iPhone Snatchers of New Orleans, but rarely do we get the inside story of these "enterprising little criminals," with details about where they hang out, and what books their victims leave behind when they take back their phones. Over at the New Yorker's Page Turner blog, Tulane's Thomas Beller (who's no stranger to stalking) describes getting his iPhone stolen from a bench, and his effort to track down those darn kids in Black Pearl, give them a literary education and ignore warnings about getting shot in the process. Read the whole thing here.


Tulane's Thomas Beller Stalks the Google Car


From Press Street's Room 220

Thomas Beller - Tulane professor, Open City editor, author, and Room 220 interview subject - recently had an encounter with a Google Street View car in New Orleans, but instead of vulgar gestures he chose to respond by chasing the car down on his Vespa and snapping photos of it on his iPhone. He writes about the weird encounter in the New York Times Magazine's ‘Lives’ section.


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