NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Tribes

A couple friends of mine went to Burning Man in 2005, just to see what it was all about. They crammed five in a sedan and drove to Nevada from Kansas armed with drugs, costumes, and sunscreen. I can’t remember if they said anything was remarkable about the experience besides the things one usually hears, but during their last days in attendance they noticed that the gigantic water trucks that had been stationed at various points throughout the festival grounds to help prevent dehydration deaths among the day ravers were missing. My friends learned later that the trucks—each sporting a tank containing thousands of gallons of water—had been summoned to New Orleans to provide water for victims and disaster workers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which, unbeknownst to the tribes of Burning Man, had decimated the Gulf Coast the day before.

Tomorrow night at Maple Street Books “longtime journalist Steven T. Jones, aka Scribe,” will discuss his new book, The Tribes of Burning Man: How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New American Counterculture. I requested an advanced copy of the book from the publisher a couple months ago with the intent of interviewing Scribe about his fantastic adventures among the urban tribes and the experience of chronicling them in a narrative that demonstrated how steampunks have in some way become a sort of avant-garde movement, but then I got busy and figured I’d have trouble muffling my snickers anyway.

If you want to learn more about the exciting modern phenomenon of Burning Men and Women, Scribe will be at Maple Street at 6 p.m. and the event will feature wine and cheese. Then again, if you just want to see some kids on acid wearing goggles and riding their modified bikes around looking for scrap metal with which they can build industrial-scale sculptures, you can just go down to the Bywater.

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 [...]