An audio link from All Things Considered
provides you with A Dream of New Orleans, Interrupted
by Andrei Codrescu, a writer/poet from Romania who adopted New Orleans as his home.
New Orleans was a gateway to Faery, neither here nor there, a place between. It was industrial and whimsical. It embraced everything and everyone. Obscene wealth was linked to grinding poverty by a streetcar. There is no good way of explaining New Orleans; it had to be experienced.
Charles at The Fulcrum
shared his memories of the "Big Easy" earlier.