The North Georgia Gazette
Original artwork by Daniel Anhorn, Deb Sokolow, Rebecca Mir and Jason Dunda.
With An Introduction by Michael Comenetz
Literary Nonfiction. Art. Contributers include William Edward Parry, the Crews of the Helca and Griper, et al. An annotated transcription of the 1821 newspaper, The North Georgia Gazette. The newspaper, written and published aboard an English ship trapped in the Arctic, was an attempt by the captain to lessen the boredom of a long, isolated winter. The result is an incredible existential metaphor, in which a group of people, stranded in the dark, are forced to make their own meaning in order to survive. The Gazette comes at a time of enormous climatic change, and it seeks to point out the importance of the relationships between humans and their surrounding environment. In addition to the entire 1821 newspaper, the book includes excerpts from the Captain’s journal, original annotations by transcriber/poet Lily Robert-Foley, an introduction by St. John’s (MD) Professor Dr. Michael Comenetz, an essay about optimism and humility by contemporary Arctic expeditionist John Huston and contemporary artwork by artists Deb Sokolow, Daniel Anhorn, Jason Dunda, and Nick Butcher. Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer. 2009
Cover art by: Nick Butcher
Design by: Jason Bacasa
In some sense, the Green Lantern’s project is both a resurrection and a preservation effort. It’s certainly one of the most creative and original projects to come across our desk this year, the kind of thing we find ourselves often being desirous of.
PROPOSALS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEWSPAPER ON BOARD THE SHIPS EMPLOYED IN THE DISCOVERY OF A NORTH-WEST PASSAGE.
IT has been suggested that the establishment of a Weekly Newspaper may assist in enlivening the tedious and inactive months of winter. It is in contemplation, therefore to try the experiment, by circulating the first Number of the “WINTER CHRONICLE” amongst the Officers of the Expedition, on Monday the 1st of November. As the design of this Paper is solely to promote good-humor and amusement, Captain Sabine, who has undertaken to be the Editor, will consider himself responsible, that no article whatsoever shall be admitted which, to his knowledge, will give a moment’s uneasiness to any individual. He reserves to himself, therefore, a discretionary power of omitting any contributions which may appear to him objectionable, either on that or any other account; and, of either briefly assigning his reasons, or otherwise, as he may think proper. He begs it, however, to be distinctly understood, that he will be wholly dependant on the Gentlemen of the Expedition for the support of the Paper; and, he suggests to those who are well-wishers to the undertaking, that their assistance and exertions will be especially required at its commencement. Original contributions on any subject will be acceptable. The Sportsman and the Essayist, the Philosopher and the Wit, the Poet and the Plain Matter-of-fact Man, will each find their respective places. It is recommended that an anonymous signature be affixed to each communication, and the hand-writing effectually disguised, to ensure the most rigid impartiality in judging and selecting the articles for insertion. A box will be placed on the Capstan of the Hecla to receive them, they key of which will be kept by the Editor; and it is requested that communications, designed to appear in the first Number, may be deposited in the box by the Thursday Evening preceding the Publication. WINTER HARBOUR, October 20th, 1819.