NOLA BOOK AND LITERARY NEWS

from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Beller-Google

I flipped off the Google Street View car the other day when I was riding my bike to work, but upon inspection I can’t find myself online—perhaps the section of Central City I was riding through hasn’t been updated on Street View yet.

Thomas Beller—Tulane professor, Open City editor, author, and Room 220 interview subject—had an encounter of his own with a Google Street View car in New Orleans, but instead of vulgar gestures he chose to respond by chasing the car down on his Vespa and snapping photos of it on his iPhone. He writes about the weird encounter in the New York Times ‘Lives’ section:

I imagined that the random citizens of New Orleans would look especially strange, caught in midlife amid their unique physical environment. There has always been something about New Orleans, but particularly these days — after the storm and all the talk about what should and shouldn’t be rebuilt and why — that gives locals the feeling that outsiders are destined to misapprehend the essence of the city, the texture of life at street level. The Google Street View guy didn’t make me feel threatened physically; he wasn’t breaking any laws. But there was an antagonism to what he was doing. If he was going to capture the image of my city, and maybe me, no amount of bright colors on that car could cover the essentially surreptitious nature of the enterprise.

Google was having its photo shoot. I would have mine.

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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 [...]