from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.

Pelican Bomb, an online comrade, has posted Part 2 of the two-part series I wrote about the publications of Loujon Press, a fine-press publisher based in the French Quarter in the 1960s. Loujon published two of Bukowski’s first books, four issues of its literary magazine, The Outsider, and two of Henry Miller’s books, which are discussed in Part 2 of the series:

Unlike Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller was a world-renowned author and countercultural icon by the time he began working with Jon and Lou Webb. The sophisticated European intellectualism of Miller’s prose, which contrasted to sublime effect the raunchy descriptions of sex that permeate his novels, cohered with the refinement of Loujon’s book craftsmanship. Order and Chaos Chez Hans Reichel—which Loujon printed in a variety of editions including lettered copies, leather-bound copies, and orange-stained cork slipcased editions—is a meandering series of letters from the author to his 1920s Paris compatriot Hans Reichel, an artist who taught Miller to paint with watercolors. English translations are printed on one side of the page in type, with excerpts from their original letters handwritten in French on the opposite side. Prints and hand-drawn figures of crude diagrams outlining the trajectory of the men’s lives, along with drawings of humans and animals, intersperse the text, intensifying the reader’s understanding that the book is in fact a collection of intimate notes and ephemera that were once shoved into envelopes.

Read the complete article and see more photos at Pelican Bomb.

Part 1 of the series discusses the two Bukowski books and The Outsider.


Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

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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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Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

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Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

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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 [...]