Dan Baum: “He adroitly moves his subjects through parades, prison, fancy balls and gun brawls — yes, the stuff of life here.”

From a Washington Post obit by Matt Schudel headlined “Dan Baum, journalist who wrote of the flooded lives of New Orleans, dies at 64”:

Dan Baum, a onetime reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker magazine whose in-depth books examined the ­Coors brewing family, gun ownership in America and the intertwined lives of New Orleans residents before and after Hurricane Katrina, died Oct. 8 at his home in Boulder, Colorado. . . .

Mr. Baum was a peripatetic journalist who lived at various times in Alaska, Zimbabwe and Mexico and wrote four books hailed for their solid reporting and graceful writing.