New Orleans, one of my favorite cities, has struggled mightily for distinction, on myriad levels, spiritually, economically, sociologically and artistically in all the ways that contribute to the city’s cultural history.

On my numerous visits, always on “serious” business, I have found it difficult to stifle an unworthy tendency to wonder why so much effort and such vast resources have been mustered and expended on the “impossible”: attempting to beat back ultimately “untamable” forces of nature, which of course, rightly or wrongly, I deem to be immutable manifestations of the will of the Divine.