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Author of City of Refuge Tom Piazza

Why Tom Piazza Matters:

"City of Refuge" is the culmination of years of thinking about and loving a place. Piazza took his title from the gospel song by Blind Willie Johnson, who made records in New Orleans in the 1920s.

"Everybody in the book, in some kind of way, needs some kind of refuge, either as a result of the storm, or before the storm," Piazza said. "At some point the characters need to find their way out of and readjust their relationship to a place of -- what's the word? -- not acceptance, not comfort, not necessarily safety even.

"I think everybody who is in New Orleans now had to make a choice to be here and it was not an automatic choice. Maybe for half of one percent of the people here, it wasn't a question. For everybody else it was a question."

And no matter what the answer, there is a price to pay.


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 Tom Piazza's Web Site 

Media/ News Reports

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness:

Environmental Issues

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Engineering Issues

Oral Histories, Videos


Cat 5 Hurricane 8/28/05                                                                                                                                                              

Katrina by the NUMBERS

Public Health

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Social Issues Surrounding Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina AND Race

Hurricane Katrina AND Class

Hurricane Katrina AND George Bush

Hurricane Katrina AND Suicides

Hurricane Katrina AND Depression

New Orleans AND Hurricanes AND Weather

New Orleans Culture

Poverty AND Race

New Orleans AND Population AND Katrina