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By Peter J. Marina

within the years in view that storm Katrina, the modern day bohemians of latest Orleans have came upon themselves pressured to the perimeters of poverty through the hot vacationer economic system. Modeling his paintings after George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, the sociologist and ethnographer Peter J. Marina explores this unusual facet of the gentrifying “new” New Orleans. In Nineteen Twenties Paris, Orwell witnessed an inflow of locals and outsiders looking authenticity whereas suffering to dwell with bourgeois society. Marina reveals an analogous ambivalence in New Orleans: a tourism-dependent urban whose trade caters mostly to well-heeled natives and upper-class tourists, the place many inventive locals and wanderers have remained outsiders, willingly or otherwise.

Marina doesn't purely interview those lively city misfits—he lives between them. Down and Out in New Orleans follows their trips, depicting the lives of these at the social fringes of a resilient urban. Marina unearths paintings as a bartender, highway mime, and poet. alongside the way in which, he visits homeless shelters, squats in deserted structures, attends rituals in cemeteries, and befriends writers, musicians, occultists, and artists as they appear for inventive ideas to the contradictory calls for of overdue capitalism. Marina does for brand new Orleans what Orwell did for Paris a century past, offering a rigorous, unrelenting, and unique glimpse into the subcultures of a urban in quick change.

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