Thursday, November 17, 2005

Evil Genius Interview


Truck washed into the bayou behind the roadside park, off Old Highway 90, Slidell, La

I was interviewed a few days ago by Dave Slusher at Evil Genius Chronicles, about Operation Eden, how it began, how I've worked, and how hurricane Katrina has changed me. I haven't listened to it myself, for fear that I will cringe myself into a perfect ball, but if you'd be interested in listening to the whole thing, you can find it here.

13 comments:

Dave said...

Clayton, you were superb. I, on the other hand, was reduced to gibberish at several points. I'm not lying when I say that despite having done hundreds of interviews, I was most nervous about talking to you. This is not because you were intimidating (the opposite, really), but because I felt so much internal pressure to do right by you and to do right by your story.

If the hurricane had gone through New Iberia and Lafayette, then all the friends I have out there would be in the same position as your people. I know that I would not be of as much use to them as you are to the people of Pearlingon. Your work is so important and moving, and I feel honored to have been able to talk to you. You are the kind of person that defines "stepping up" for the rest of us.

slidell said...

Great interview. Thank you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog since its creation. I have also looked at your stuff on Nerve's site. Clayton, you are a selfless man who should be given some type of award! I listened to your interview and was once again impressed by your eloquence and philanthropic attitude.
I am originally from MS, but have lived in Houma, LA (south of NOLA) for over 2 yrs....Although this is not my original home, I love this place, the people, the atmosphere, the love ...In saying that, I have been very disappointed with all the local news coverage with one exception, WDSU channel 6...They are the only news source, besides yourself, that hasn't tried to "shrink wrap" (to use your words)this tragedy and pretend that it IS a passed event. THANK YOU CLAYTON!!!!! You, along with WDSU, are keeping the awareness up that there is still more to be done. Congratulations to your mother and brother for the support they have recieved from that sweet couple. Your brother is a resilient kid that should be praised for his grades and perseverence in school...Your mom...well, I hope she doesnt lose that MS charm and style...Like her, my own mom was a "hard ass lady who didnt take crap!" but still loved her neighbor as she loved herself. Keep it up girl....I wish you and your family all the best.

Still reading,
Leslie D.

Kate said...

Fantastic interview, Clayton. Excellent.

Foose said...

It was awsome, and so intersting, to be able to listen to you! I have no clue what it is like to be you, or eperance the amount of loss you have experanced. I have been following your blogg since the start, and it has been amazing!! I cant even find the words to descirbe it! You are a totally awsome, and amazing!! keep it up. Like some many others, I will still be reading!!

Crack Head said...

Your like Huinter S. Thompson, only without the drugs,alchohol, and crazy incoherent trips. You grab people in a way that commands attention, and you get your point across without intruding upon peoples opinions or beleifs.

Cold hard facts and no bullshit in the translation...

I still think you need to do a book on all of this, with full color glossies and excerpts from the blog, as well as start to interview some of the people you photographed.

If you could go back and do a "where are they now" on some of the people you have done photos for, it would show the drastic changes and toll it has taken on all of their lives as well as show the rest of the world how hard it is and how much help they still need.

Dave said...

I think the book is a great idea, particularly if you can talk a publisher into taking a reduced cut and put that money into relief for Pearlington. I'd preorder today.

Anonymous said...

I've got to the point where I can't read your blog at work, 'cause whenever I do, I start blubbering like a little baby. Thank you so much for everything you have done, have kept doing. While news from the Gulf Coast and New Orleans has slipped out of mainstream media to be replaced with the likes of Paris Hilton and George Bush, you keep on. You seriously deserve some sort of journalism and/or philanthrpic award for this. You are amazing.

Crack Head said...

"You seriously deserve some sort of journalism and/or philanthrpic award for this. You are amazing. - Anonymous"

I agree..Maybe Nobel Peace Prize, for literature or something like that...


Anyone willing to send a nomination can go here: http://nobelprize.org/literature/nomination/index.html

lesbonstemps said...

I loved your interview. You really capture the scale of destruction there in a way that no one else has. Thanks for continuing this work. It's so important.

Cameron Krone said...

Clayton, this blog is awesome and your photography is awesome. I'm going to post about you in my blog at www.cameronkrone.com/blog. Check it out when you're not busy.
I have a few blog questions to ask you.......I'll email you in the next few days

susan said...

Hey Clayton...I've been reading this blog almost since the beginning, but this is my first time commenting. I thought your interview was excellent, and I think your words, photos, and efforts so far have been fantastic. I'm all the way over in Egypt, but your blog has made me feel sorry that I am not some place where I can be of more use.

Keep it up...and my heart goes out to your family and all those who have been affected.

Ivy said...

Clay,

I just want to say thank you. News stories don't provide the depth and breadth that your blog has. People get so caught up in their daily drama that they can't even fathom the reality that exists for other people. I think you do an amazing job of conveying that through your blog and your photos.

You're making it real for the rest of the world. I hope that some day you get a Pulitzer for your work here.

My heart goes out to you and your family. Myself and my family all wish you the very best and a happy holiday season full of love and hope.