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FADE IN:EXT. SUBURBAN HOME – DAYCUE CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SONG WITH STRONG BACKBEAT The front of a house on a tree-lined street, mid-afternoon, sunny. MAN, white, 30s but looks young for his age, dressed in short-sleeved plaid shirt and jeans, walks down the driveway towards BLUE SEDAN. CHILD, 5-7 years old, smiling, follows behind him running…

I find it no small irony that, as I write this on a Turkish jet on my way to Berlin, I am writing an elegy for the passage of one of the last institutions of American air culture, one that has now slid into bankruptcy.  In an age where the amenities of air flight are disappearing…

Part 5 of 7 from Essays on Weather for a Post-Katrina Society On November 18, 2007, about 250 people gathered in front of the state house in Atlanta, Georgia in an act of extreme desperation. Joined by three ministers and a gospel choir, Governor Sonny Perdue presided, leading the citizens of Georgia in a prayer…

Part 3 of 7 from Essays on Weather for a Post-Katrina Society The similarities between Hurricane Katrina and The Great Okeechobee Hurricane show that the problems of the past still have the potential to drastically alter the status quo of the present, that perhaps old threats are only getting worse. The past decade has dramatically…

Part 2 of 7 from Essays on Weather for a Post-Katrina Society “All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion.” Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God In a town…