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from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.

HAPPY HOUR SALON: Joy Fuqua and Michele White at the NEW Press Street HQ

EVENT: Friday November 2, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
@ Press Street HQ -- 3817 St. Claude Ave.
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Join Room 220 for an evening of discussion between media theorists Joy Fuqua and Michele White at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the brand new Press Street Headquarters (3817 St. Claude Ave., at Pauline). Both authors have recently released books via Duke University Press that examine, respectively, the history of hospital televisions and television’s role in “hospitalizing” American households, and some social ramifications of eBay.

Even if critical media studies isn’t your thing, this will be the first event in Press Street/Room 220/Antenna Gallery’s beautiful new home on St. Claude Avenue. We’ve been wandering aimlessly for several months now, conducting programing at a variety of (awesome) locations, but this will be a welcome homecoming. The authors’ talk will take place at around 7 p.m, but we welcome anyone interested in Press Street to stop by and see our new space, have some wine, and socialize with the sophisticates our prestigious organization has historically attracted.

Joy Fuqua’s new book, Prescription TV: Therapeutic Discourse in the Hospital and at Home, examines the role early television played in making hospitals feel more like home, and then, through direct-to-consumer prescription advertising, began to “medicalize” the average American household, a trajectory that continues as the Internet has become a clearinghouse for medical “information” that’s refined and redistributed to the contemporary consumer-patient.

Michele White’s new book, Buy it Now: Lessons from eBay, is a critical examination of the web retail/resale behemoth and the ways in which it enforces hegemonic social norms (recommending the “Adults Only” section to anyone who searches for “gay” or “lesbian,” providing with its “Black Americana” section a venue to romanticize slavery and racism, etc.). She then expands her scope to look at other similar sites, like Craigslist, and finds them to be not nearly as progressive as they might purport.

 

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

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We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]

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How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.

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Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]