Last night I watched the first two parts of When The Levees Broke, Spike Lee’s remarkable documentary on the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. It’s hard to watch, yet riveting. If you have HBO, Parts 3 and 4 will be shown tonight; and you can check the schedule for repeats. This is a well-made, heart-breaking testament to the best and worst of humanity in a time of crisis for our country – a crisis, I might add, that continues. . . . To help the public better understand the devastating extent to which the city and region have suffered and how various levels of government have failed them, Lee’s work is invaluable. It is instructive to see the President at the time in photo-ops pretending to give a shit and acting surprised by the consequences of his administration’s inaction (Ronald Regan was a far better actor), while various of his top officials are either absent (out shoe shopping, for example), clueless, or not even bothering to pretend -final proof that the term “compassionate conservativism” was never more than a meaningless oxymoron. I'll stop, but strongly recommend that you find a way to see this film that Lee calls “A Requiem In Four Acts”. Man, what a year it has been.
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On a much brighter note, I have updated my August 4, 2006 piece about Sam & The Soul Machine, the Meters and the song they both recorded. I’ve had the good fortune to speak with Sam himself, and also heard from Gary Brown, as well. To see what I found out, scroll back down to it or find it in the archives.