Local color. I’ve just recently read and reviewed Desire: Tales of New Orleans, a collection of short stories all of which are set in one way or another in the Crescent City. Pre-Katrina. What I find amazing about this fabled town is how evocative even a casual reference to some minor landmark can be. A tiled floor in the Croissant d’Or bakery and cafe. The tiny A&P grocery store on Royal Street. Coffee with chicory just about anywhere. The book, enjoyable but slight. The memories, intense and wonderful.