Dan Baum

Dan Baum is a journalist and the author of Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans.

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Death and Life in New Orleans

Three people tell their stories of coping in the aftermath of Katrina.

As journalist Dan Baum covered Hurricane Katrina for The New Yorker, he wondered what sustained New Orleans residents' devotion to a city that -- with or without a storm -- has been so down on its luck. His new book, Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans, answers that question with the stories of nine people's lives in New Orleans over a 40-year span, bookended by Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Katrina in 2005. Here, in an excerpt from Baum's book, three different people recall life the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. -- The Editors Frank Minyard September 2005 The trucks arrived, the bodies moved through, the morgue rocked. Possible homicides were routed to a cubicle where Frank's pathologists and James Brown looked for evidence. There were only about fifteen so far, out of several hundred bodies. Frank sat at a desk in the schoolhouse, thumbing through reports. In keeping with DMORT's mission, they were devoted solely to ascertaining people's identities so that remains could...