New Orleans natives on New Orleans

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I'm busy working this morning on my weekly U.S.News & World Report column, so I thought I'd collect and share some of the wonderful articles written about the New Orleans disaster by New Orleans natives and residents.

Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia Journalism School:

Quin Hilyer, editorial page editor of the Mobile Register:

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute:

John Barry, head of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane University and author of Rising Tide, the definitive book about the 1927 Mississippi River floods:

Rick Bragg, author and former New York Times reporter:

Josh Levin, assistant editor, Slate: