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from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Adam Parfrey wields his encyclopedic knowledge of secret brotherhoods. (Photos by Bottletree)
Adam Parfrey wields his encyclopedic knowledge of secret brotherhoods. (Photos by Bottletree)

Forty or so people came out on Monday night to witness Adam Parfrey and Joseph Scott Morgan present their work in the cavernous main room of 725 St. Ferdinand St. (a private residence).

Morgan, who is more of a hulking brute in real life than in pictures, delivered an oratory at times sermon-esque that wove together his troubled youth, wrought with themes of murder and violence, and the life it led to as a death investigator. He wrung the Southern gothic tradition until it was nearly dripping actual blood on the church floor, and if he seemed to veer occasionally over the top, one only needed to remind oneself that the stories he told were not products of his dark imagination, but his dark life.

Adam Parfrey led attendees through an in-depth visual journey into the bowels of masonic tradition and its influence on American society, casting images on the huge church walls that showed characters from Babe Ruth to Franklin Roosevelt to the Ku Klux Klan owing deep debts to the creepy order. He even related an account of being inducted into the quasi-masonic brotherhood The Oddfellows in Texas–a betrayal of their secrets ostensibly punishable by death–that involved a set of funny glasses and a plastic skeleton.

Thanks to everyone for coming out.

Joseph Scott Morgan prepares to bring the grimness.

Mostly Satan worshipers

The Church of 220

Joseph Scott Morgan and Adam Parfrey

Darkness pauses for lighthearted banter around the piano and audio-visual adjustments.

The concession stands … of darkness.

Joseph Scott Morgan and Wesley Stokes

The exterior view of 725 St. Ferdinand St. (a private residence)

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 [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

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 [...]