Matt Sakakeeny and Thomas Jessen Adams: Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity

Tuesday, September 24th

6-9PM

Mimi's in the Marigny, 2601 Royal Street

Drink specials and food will be provided.

 

Come join Matt Sakakeeny and Thomas Jessen Adams to celebrate the release of their new collection, Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity upstairs at Mimi's in the Marigny, 2601 Royal Street, New Orleans, 70117.

Adrienne Dixson will introduce the book and followed by some brief comments from Matt and Thomas, as well as other contributors including Suzanne-Juliette Mobley, Bryan Wagner, Cedric G. Johnson, Rien Fertel, and more.

Approached as a wellspring of cultural authenticity and historical exceptionality, New Orleans appears in opposition to a nation perpetually driven by progress. Remaking New Orleans shows how this narrative is rooted in a romantic cultural tradition, continuously repackaged through the twin engines of tourism and economic development, and supported by research that has isolated the city from comparison and left unquestioned its entrenched inequality. Working against this feedback loop, the contributors place New Orleans at the forefront of national patterns of urban planning, place-branding, structural inequality, and racialization. Nontraditional sites like professional wrestling matches, middle-class black suburbs, and Vietnamese gardens take precedence over clichéd renderings of Creole cuisine, voodoo queens, and hot jazz. Covering the city's founding through its present and highlighting changing political and social formations, this volume remakes New Orleans as a rich site for understanding the quintessential concerns of American cities.

This book is availanle in paperback ($24.95).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

Kelli Harding MD, MPH: The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier With the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness

Thursday, October 3rd

6-7:30PM

When Columbia University doctor Kelli Harding began her clinical practice, she never intended to explore the invisible factors behind our health. But then there were the rabbits. In 1978, a seemingly straightforward experiment designed to establish the relationship between high blood cholesterol and heart health in rabbits discovered that kindness—in the form of a particularly nurturing post-doc who pet and spoke to the lab rabbits as she fed them—made the difference between a heart attack and a healthy heart.

As Dr. Kelli Harding reveals in this eye-opening book, the rabbits were just the beginning of a much larger story. Groundbreaking new research shows that love, friendship, community, life’s purpose, and our environment can have a greater impact on our health than anything that happens in the doctor’s office. For instance, chronic loneliness can be as unhealthy as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day; napping regularly can decrease one’s risk of heart disease; and people with purpose are less likely to get sick. Through provocative storytelling and compelling research, Harding presents a new model for you to take charge of your health.

This book is available in hardcover ($27.00).

Kelli Harding MD, MPH discusses and signs her book, The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier With the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

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