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Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 1578069742
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This history of a small but mighty press in the vanguard of the mimeograph revolution

- Offers a close analysis of a southern press that published work by such noted writers as Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Henry Miller, and Charles Bukowski

- Uses the day-to-day operations of a small press as a lens through which the nascent underground publishing industry can be understood

- Presents a unique history of a house at the forefront of the small press revolution

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578069742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578069743
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,396,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Orleans, along with New York and San Francisco, was one of the three poles of the Beat movement. This book illuminates a small but important corner of what was a much larger story about the Beats and The French Quarter. The title is greatly misleading. The book says almost nothing about "bohemian New Orleans" per se. The book is a dual biography of Jon and Louise Webb. The Webbs flitted (not meant pejoratively) around the country, alighting at various times in New Orleans. But the bohemian aspects of New Orleans are mostly MIA here. There is no mention of the resident Beats of the time, no mention of the Ryder and Quorum coffeehouses, no mention of Ivan Kotterman's salon, and so on. However, if you want a very detailed look at the world of 50s and 60s Beat poetry, and who owed what to whom, this is your book. A thoughtful re-titling is in order if this book goes to a second edition.
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Never visiting New Orleans, I have always had a fascination for their seafood cooking; especially Gumbo. This nonfiction book was elegantly crafted by a fellow author and poet, named Jeff Weddle. He carries the reader on a quest from the 1960s till today, explaining how the Loujon Press and its’ literary review, The Outsider came into existence. I enjoyed the introduction and acknowledgments inside of the book. Weddle is a fanatic for Charles Bukowski and I enjoyed Chapters 6 and 7 the most. When I first saw the front cover of this book, I asked myself “who are the two people and why are both pictures printed in black and white?” Then, as I completed Chapter 1, it hit me. These were the owners and founders and these pictures were taken in the 1960s. I never knew Jeff Weddle’s name was catalogued into the U.S. Library of Congress.

Reading the testimonials from others on the back cover made me more intrigued to see what this press was all about. Seeing the amount of quantitative data inside of this book, it was very wise for Weddle to include an Index in the back section. On a personal note, I met Jeff through Port Cities Review (operated by Mark Vanderpool, who I am also friends with). When I did some personal research on Jeff and found this nonfiction book, I was shocked. A poet transitioning to writing a book about facts! What an amazing transition!

The last major thing I want to point out about this book is the author remains unbiased. Many times when I read a nonfiction book, the author only explains their side of the event instead of the holistic view. I recommend this book to those who want to learn about the establishment of the Loujon Press and The Outsider. If you have never been to New Orleans or enjoy the city upon visit, this book is for you.
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I really liked this book this a lot. I thought at first it might be a little too academic for me but I was impressed by how accessible it was since I didn't know much about small press publishing beforehand. It turned out to be a great story about the literary small press in New Orleans. Also, it is a good read for any Bukowski fans or fans of the Beat generation.
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