The Long-Awaited “Dead Tree” Edition
“Mark LaFlaur’s genuine love and concern for the future of Louisiana shines throughout this collection of blog posts and interviews.” —Ivor van Heerden, former deputy director, LSU Hurricane Center, and author of The Storm
Departing briefly from the usual third person (the “editorial we”), I am very happy to announce the publication of “What Fresh Hell?  The Best of Levees Not War, 2005–2015,” a concise, concentrated paperback of what I hope you’ll agree are among the best pieces in Levees Not War over the years since Hurricane Katrina.
So, you see, there’s a reason why you haven’t heard much from Levees Not War in recent months.
What Fresh Hell?  brings together 10 years of blogging on war and peace; politics and society in the Obama and Bush-Cheney years; infrastructure; and the environment in a time of extreme weather. This New Orleans–dedicated, New York–based blog, founded in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, now serves up liberal portions of sharp, spirited writing, grounded in a vision of the social contract—a society held together by honoring the Golden Rule—along with interviews with experts, tributes to activists and civil rights leaders, on-the-scene reporting from Occupy Wall Street, and more.
Click here  for a PDF of the Introduction and Contents.
* Is Katrina More Significant Than September 11?
* Public Works in a Time of Job-Killing Scrooges
* “Oil-Spotted Dick”: Cheney’s Oily Fingerprints in the BP Disaster
* Omigod! Infinite Iraqi Freedom! We’re Never Leaving!
* Occupying Wall Street with Nurses, Teachers, and the Rest of America’s Middle Class
* Jindal: From Rising Star to Black Hole
Of particular interest to New Orleans area readers, there is a section titled “In and About New Orleans,” which includes selections on Rising Tide and Mardi Gras, a tribute to Greg Peters, Charity Hospital, and a piece on the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. You’ll also find interviews with Harry Shearer, Ivor van Heerden, and Mark Schleifstein; pieces on the BP spill; the SLFPA-E lawsuit against Big Oil; and a few slaps and punches at Bobby Jindal.
The $14.95 paperback (354 pages) is illustrated, and by October 1 an eBook edition will be available for only $7.50.
Order now @ your favorite bookseller or online 
ISBN 978-0988790933 | Mid-City Books, $14.95
I hope you’ll like the book—and the blog.
“Mark LaFlaur’s Levees Not War has been a clear, progressive voice of warning and hope for New Orleans and the surrounding region in New York and the world since Hurricane Katrina, providing incisive news and commentary on the storm, its aftermath, and the rebirth of his hometown.” —Mark Schleifstein, Pulitzer Prize–winning environment reporter, The Times-Picayune, and coauthor of Path of Destruction
Also by Mark LaFlaur, available from Mid-City Books:
Elysian Fields , a novel of New Orleans
Simpson Weems is a 36-year-old aspiring poet whose life has been on hold—to the breaking point. All he needs to fulfill his potential is to move to San Francisco, but he’s torn between his long-held dream of being a great artist and obligations to his aged, ailing mother and his emotionally volatile brother, the all-demanding Bartholomew. Will someone in his family have to die before he can get to California? And how might that be arranged?
“Engrossing . . . Readers will find the author’s portrayal of New Orleans convincing and his characters fascinating and fully developed.” —Publishers Weekly 
“A wholly involving story with Faulknerian characters in a fully realized setting.” —Kirkus Reviews 
Mid-City Books, 2013 | $14.95
ISBN: 978-0615729862