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New Orleans: I’ve seen the future …

A loose trade paperback self-published series New Orleans takedowns that began a few years back. It was intended to be a ‘trilogy of darkness,’ however the final piece of the series has eluded me. How does one end it poignantly? Maybe best to leave it an unfinished project, much like our fair city. This is the first in the series.

New Orleans: I have seen the future and it’s Houston by James K. Glassman. Photo by Jonathan Traviesa


Text: James K. Glassman

36 Pages
2-color Risograph edition of 150
Now in its sixth printing

This volume of the trilogy is a take-down article from the Atlantic in 1973, and explores different points of time within the New Orleans landscape—conceptually approaching them to allow us to rethink about less common tropes of what people feel our city is, and isn’t, or ever was.

I had been drawn to the trade paperback dimension for quite some time and it seemed fitting for these simple readers, containing New Orleans images of yesteryear. I appreciate the constraints of the size and how images and text can interplay with one another at a similar scale.

Glossary of Terms
Footnotes and Acknowledgments
Colophon of New Orleans: I have seen the future and it’s Houston