Welcome to Nashville, Target of God’s Wrath

Nashville FloodWel­come to my web­site too! I’d love to talk about the June 22 release of my upcom­ing novel, Mr. Peanut, but the fact is that we’ve suf­fered bib­li­cally here in Nashville, from a so-so nation­ally cov­ered flood from which we’ve only begun to recover, to locusts (cicadas, after a sev­eral years’ hia­tus, have returned, the exploded husks of their bod­ies cov­er­ing trees and lawns every­where), so this being the Vol­un­teer State, I’m giv­ing over my blog to some local cov­er­age of the event in case peo­ple read­ing have missed it. From the Nashville Scene, which has done a fan­tas­tic, tire­less job cov­er­ing The Flood and the city’s cleanup and recov­ery efforts after­ward, you’ll find a great sum­ma­tion of cur­rent events on the ground, sto­ries from the hard­est hit neigh­bor­hoods, as well as places to vol­un­teer time; or, for those liv­ing out of town, orga­ni­za­tions in need of money for relief efforts. Here’s a great story from The Ten­nessean about the sad state of our beau­ti­ful sym­phony hall. Ini­tial esti­ma­tions regard­ing dam­age were, to put it mildly, con­ser­v­a­tive, and the embed­ded video and other images are sur­real. Finally, here’s another list­ing of vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties. Life these days is trump­ing art, both locally (there’s TVA’s billion-gallon coal ash spill in Kingston, TN too) and nation­ally (let’s not even start on the Gulf of Mex­ico, that spew­ing wound in the planet), but if you have a few min­utes, take a look around.