calling all lj goth-types - 1370°C
Sep. 2nd, 2005
12:12 am - calling all lj goth-types
while you're donating money to other NOLA disaster relief funds (or if you know you can't afford the cash and want to help out in other ways), why don't you consider adopting a NOLA goth?
way too long between the original post and the edit for most of you to even see this...but...i suppose i wanted to say that i haven't been posting about this for fear of simply bursting into tears. i have a bit of a mixed relationship with the south. something about it really appeals to me, while my liberal sensibilities are affronted. New Orleans, from the first time i actually went, didn't have that duality. the Garden District, the French Quarter, Magazine Street, the way that absolutely every French word was terribly misprounounced (imagine DuChamp's Street pronounced *exactly* like it's spelled, accent on the "Du"), the mix of cultures, the cemeteries in the ghettos, even the schmaltzy tourist attractions...and the *music,* everywhere people making music that you could appreciate even if it wasn't your style, everywhere people so into the music they made that you could see it in their eyes and smiles. i wanted to live there. in the humidity, in the swamp, with the mosquitos and the gators. i was ready to move there the first day i set foot in the city.
but, for those of you who haven't been...yes, it's below sea-level. yes, it's flooded much like other places have. but its not quite the same. it's the buildings...the historic, crumbling old structures, the houses with decrepit foundations and holes in the ceilings, the tombs already broken into many times, the monuments chipped and worn...they won't survive this. maybe, when it all dries out, the culture will survive, but the place itself will be utterly changed.