Thursday, January 19, 2012

More from Wi7 in NoLa

Last night was the Closing Plenary featured Bob Minzenheimer (USA Today) interviewing Douglas Brinkley on the recovery of New Orleans.  Mr. Brinkley is one of the great living American   historians and wrote a definitive account of being in New Orleans during Katrina in his book The Great Deluge.  Wow - it was a wonderful hour, Mr. Brinkley talked extensively from the book but also touched on his very close friend Hunter Thompson, who he had edited some of his papers and was godfather to Mr. Brinkley's daughter.  Even sharing that he participates in a discussion group with President Obama that includes David McCullough, Doris Kearns-Goodwin and Michael Beschloss. They are not permitted to discuss current events, but talk about books and historical events.  I could only relate thinking that has to the most intimidating book club humanly imaginable.  

This is a short post this morning, but I did find myself unable to sleep at 2am and started reading The Great Deluge - it is terrific. 

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