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Legend for Messenger By Christopher Walker Hlad
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This is a poem conceived in a rain storm in the middle of the night. It concerns the last night that Edgar Allan Poe was at the University of Virginia--in his room burning his furniture for firewood... More > in his fireplace and in the company of the University librarian--before fleeing into the woods the next morning to escape his creditors. It is a tribute to the author E.A. Poe and his tremendous, lasting voice. Christopher Walker Hlad.< Less
street to forest: a scattered guide for the charlottesville unresidenced By various contributors
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This is a book of community writing for Charlottesville homeless, street-persons, train-hobo kids, runaways, and couch-hopping slackers. It responds in part to news and blogs issuing strong opinions... More > about these folks. It contains commentary, tips, entertainment, etc. directed to locals without fixed residence. The Press funded the printing and free distribution of 100 copies of the first release (and a later additional 100) and takes no profit from the sale of this book. It’s a strange little book, but it hopes to help; we hope later editions will be more and more coherent and more and more useful. FIRST RELEASE: November 15, 2010.< Less
Boojum! By Charles Wertenbaker
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Novel: Reissue. This is the eightieth anniversary reprint of the classic novel of the University of Virginia, and of old Charlottesville, Virginia, not available since 1928. A young... More > cocktail-swilling poet-aesthete; wending his way through UVA’s parties, secret-societies, academic and administrative pitfalls. A loveable rogue anti-hero for our time and his, for all time. A sensitive and antic novel of time and place, written to a tone, texture, and quality to allow it to compare favourably to any of the bildungs-romans of the Jazz-Age... but with a distinctly Virginian flavour. A Southern Gatsby (1925), an American Decline and Fall (1928), a landlocked The Rock Pool (1936), a more survivable Beneath the Wheel (1906), a small-town Sinister Street (1914). Boojum! falls solidly in the genre of comic-tragic bohemian drop-out masterpieces, and deserves to assume its place amongst them... here’s hoping this re-issue may help it to do so. By Charles Wertenbaker.< Less
Blackberry Bounty, Blackberry Boon By Christopher Walker Hlad
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Former poet-laureate of Charlottesville whose verse graced every issue of the then-nascent C-Ville Review, CW Hlad's Magic Starter Kit was the first book published by Hypocrite Press. This present... More > collection is perhaps the most intimate we print, "...very personal and conceived as such... an experimental love-letter cycle...". With all the inimitable tone and texture, pressing Southern-ness, of his earlier writing, this work represents a matured and tensely dear Hlad. Christopher Walker Hlad< Less
Three Years in the Confederate Horse Artillery (selections) By George M. Neese
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Historical narrative. Charlottesville, war-torn, one hundred forty years ago. The motives of those who wore gray. A Private, a common soldier. Yet eloquent and captivating prose of home and friends... More > and family, of defining sense of duty, and of mortal combat. Private Neese’s memoirs shine light on Charlottesville’s rich history. Snapshots of the buildings, the streets, the mountainsides, and the people who lived here, and who fought and died here. Neese felt no animosity for the enemy, no glee in bloodshed. A warrior poet, he experienced homesickness, melancholy, happiness, satisfaction, mournfulness, hunger, aggravation, camaraderie and fatigue. In these memoirs he forged a bridge across time to leave in today’s reader a new and appreciably different perspective of Charlottesville. —Michael Waitz, USAF. by George M. Neese, introduced by Henry D. Molumphy, former officer of the United Nations< Less
Not Visiting Somewhere Else By Susan Imhof
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Verse. Representing nearly twenty years of writing, this is a tightly cohesive chapbook of exploratory verse in an intelligent but not hopeless or contrived melancholic temper by a forever resident... More > of Charlottesville. Product of perceptive sun-dappled strolls and nights of soul's awareness, we offer this as a potentially modern version of Sunlit Years, each speaking in a distinctively Southern voice, this as reminiscent of the Fugitives and paint-peeling porches as that other work is defined by that movement. Susan Imhof; introduced by Michael Nace< Less
Ballads of the Sunlit Years By by James Lindsay Gordon Introduced by Michael Nace
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Verse. This is a re-issue of the original edition of 900 copies printed in 1904. The author attended William and Mary and the University of Virginia. These poems, Southern-Fugitive in character,... More > powerfully evoke a distant time, and through them runs a deep sentimentality, nostalgia, and love for the Commonwealth in which the author lived and that the author served. James Lindsay Gordon, with an introduction by Michael Nace.< Less
Concerning Big Fun By Gus Mueller
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Nonfiction. Sociological, cultural, historical document. In the mid-90s three young women moved to Charlottesville and established a thriving youth alternative counter-culture around themselves,... More > centered on a large farmhouse in the countryside. "The Gus", Gus Mueller, was there at the outset and throughout, and lovingly, hilariously, and critically documented the growth and eventual dissolution of the community in what was to become one of the first-ever and closely-followed web blogs. Originally released in book-form by Hypocrite Press in the early phases of the blog's development, the entire text is provided in this new critical edition, expanded by lavish illustrations and photographs. Gus Mueller< Less
The Noble Salvage: A Song of the South By Matthew S. Farrell
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Charlottesville novel, farce and fable. Naive and silly romp through downtown bars and country-side, country-parties, stuffed with literary mockery and local parodies. One of the very first... More > Charlottesville-set novels (Downtown Mall in the early 90s) after Darconville's Cat (Theroux); shares original publication date with Sidney Blair's wonderful Charlottesville novel, Buffalo. Matthew S. Farrell< Less
Sketches of Fall By Gabriel Check
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Novel of Charlottesville. Sentimentalist and Vaseline-lensed, a pastorally pretty but wiseassed excursion through Charlottesville and beyond. The prose styling and wit of David Eggers and the stark... More > emotion of John Fante. Gabriel Check< Less