Cite 71: The Hurricane Issue
Cite 71 was guest edited by Tom Colbert and Jim Blackburn. The following is an excerpt from Colbert's reflection "On Design and Memory":
"The experience of Katrina and then Rita had an eerie resemblance to many people's childhood memories of Hurricane Betsy passing over New Orleans and flooding the Ninth Ward. Then there was Camille, making landfall to the east of New Orleans, washing away the city of Biloxi and leaving fully laden freighters high and dry on the beach. It’s amazing how quickly these events passed from the realm of urgent public debate into anecdotal remembrance. Anecdote is usually the last resting place of shared experience, but such vignettes can also renew public awareness and discourse. They can revive history by making it personal. Hurricanes are personal. Perhaps that's why we give them names. They reach into the most intimate recesses of our lives with remarkable ease, wreaking havoc in ways that seemed unimaginable beforehand. The reality behind the statistics of risk and destruction is always personal."