I heard the most beautiful piece of comentary on NPR's All Things Considered on Tuesday. It's called A Dream of New Orleans, Interrupted and is by Andrei Codrescu. If you missed it, you should go here and listen to it again. The man paints a picture with words so beautifully it made me cry.
Here's the summary from NPR:
Commentator Andrei Codrescu notes why people of New Orleans had a special love affair with their city. Perhaps, he figures, because it had smells and sounds that couldn't be mistaken for elsewhere; it was a "dream state" because of this -- where the American Dream came unmoored. He paints pictures with words of some of the things that made his adopted city special, such as what the air feels like at 3 a.m. on a Thursday night in late August in New Orleans.