Sunday, October 09, 2005

Lost in America

I've admired the work of Isabel Wilkerson of the The New York Times for a long time. Her story, "Scattered in a Storm's Wake and Caught in a Clash of Cultures," in this Sunday's Times did not disappoint. Wilkerson spent a month with several families who ended up in a Methodist camp in eastern Oklahoma after fleeing Hurricane Katrina. Using a wonderful narrative technique, she gives us a close-up view of their troubles finding new homes, work and lost relatives in what feels to them like an alien land. She also sensitively shares the viewpoints of the residents who tried to help them. The result is a portrait of America in a state of confusion.


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