I am part of that small subset of Vogue readers who tends to pick up an issue depending on who's in it, not who's on it. Among the must-reads for me: Julia Reed. I like her style, which pulls the reader along on a warm current of words, then steers them directly toward a trenchant observation or two.
So I picked up The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story in part because I had been surprised and pleased by Vogue printing Reed's articles about life in post-Katrina New Orleans. I mean, this is a magazine that treats a $1.6 million brownstone as a charming starter home; to have a writer openly assail the social complacency that begat the terrible class divides and subsequent tragedy in New Orleans is positively sansculottian.