I need to confess something here…It’s getting harder and harder to do a a light, little blog about lifestyle and things to do in New Orleans. When I started this project, at the beginning of the year, I had this sense that things were finally returning to normal, that it would be appropriate to start highlighting the lighter things. There are angry, political blogs everywhere, and I wanted to do something different, a sort of personal essay-style take on arts and leisure writing, with the occasional foray into civic duties. But, with this nightmare in the Gulf Of Mexico, I feel almost callous sharing recipes and talking about festivals. It seems like very available breath should be devoted to doing something about this catastrophe. The protest on Sunday left me feeling somewhat emboldened. But the idea that individuals can affect change in our country is becoming more difficult to believe. I think it is appropriate that Prytania Theatre is showing Mr. Smith Goes to Washington today for it’s Wednesday matinee.
Frank Capra had a somewhat cynical view of American democracy, but his movies–especially Mr. Smith–suggest that individual people can make a difference. I wonder if in our modern corporate plutocracy we still live in that America? Today at noon.