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Hubert's Freaks: The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus

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"A page-turner of the first order."--Boston Globe
 
From the moment Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, spies some intriguing photographs in the archive of a midcentury Times Square freak show, he knows he's on to something. It turns out he's made the find of a lifetime--never-before-seen prints by the legendary Diane Arbus. Furthermore, he begins to suspect that what he's found may add a pivotal chapter to what is now known about Arbus as well as about the "old weird America," in Greil Marcus's phrase, that Hubert's inhabited.

Bob's ensuing adventure takes him from the fringes of the rare book business to Sotheby's, and from the exhibits of a run-down Times Square freak show to the curator's office of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Discovering the photographs turns out to be just the beginning; they must be evaluated and authenticated before they can be sold. This leads Bob into New York's high-end art world, a subculture that makes freak shows seem tame by comparison.

As the story continues in this updated edition,  canceled auctions, disappearing buyers, and and lawsuits beset the Hubert's Museum archive. Can Bob, who always manages to screw up  his most promising deals, finally make just one big score?

 
"[A] tale of remarkable suspense."--Los Angeles Times
 
"[A]n irresistible and canny mash-up of Bohemian slumming and high-art posing."--Toronto Star
 

SEE AND HEAR MORE AT hubertsfreaks.com

 
GREG GIBSON is the author of the critically acclaimed Gone Boy: A Walkabout and Demon of the Waters: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe. An antiquarian-book dealer, he lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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From the moment Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, spies some intriguing photographs in the archive of a midcentury Times Square freak show, he knows he's on to something. It turns out he's made the find of a lifetime--never-before-seen prints by the legendary Diane Arbus. Furthermore, he begins to suspect that what he's found may add a pivotal chapter to what is now known about Arbus as well as about the "old weird America," in Greil Marcus's phrase, that Hubert's inhabited.

Bob's ensuing adventure--a roller-coaster ride filled with bizarre characters and coincidences--takes him from the fringes of the rare book business to Sotheby's, and from the exhibits of a run-down Times Square freak show to the curator's office of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will the photos be authenticated? How will Arbus's notoriously protective daughter react? Most importantly, can Bob, who always manages to screw up his most promising deals, finally make just one big score?

About the Author

GREGORY GIBSON is the author of the critically acclaimed Gone Boy: A Walkabout and Demon of the Waters: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe. An antiquarian-book dealer, he lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface   The Man in Blue  x

Part one   An American Palindrome

Sunday, Monday, and Charlie           7

The Old Roman Gardens     12

Deeyan and Allan                17

What More Can You Ask For?          22

Early Bob               32

Life in the Colonies              40

Bob: The Middle Years       43

Simoom in the Sahara        47

Diane and John    53

Jan, Meg, Ernie, and Mom  59

Miss McRae         64

The Final Act        67

Black History        71

The Collectors      75

Out of Africa         81

Feeding the Rat    87

The Buy 92

The Finer Sort       98

Flying Fur              104

Down the Rabbit Hole         110

The Grind              118

A Crack in the Mystical Vessel         129

Bob and Woogie  134

Deconstructing the Palindrome         138

Part two   New Bob

The Kiss and the Curse      145

Paper Pajamas       151

Off the Couch and into the Frying Pan            156

Yes!!! Fantastic!!! And Fascinating !!!            162

Robert Miller         168

A Sharks Lunch  174

Consummatum est               185

The Magic Cloud 191

Bob and Steve      196

Other Faces           202

Woogies Boxes   207

The Old, Weird Bob            222

The Bostocks of West Philadelphia 231

Deep Leo               233

In Which Bob Proves to Have Been More Stubborn than Jan Was Angry              236

Heisenberg Jr.       241

Untitled  246

Healing Waters    254

the sunset kid       257

And Thats Not All             262

 

Acknowledgments               265

Selected Bibliography         267

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156033084
Author:
Gibson, Gregory
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
General Photography
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.62 lb

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From the moment Bob Langmuir, a down-and-out rare book dealer, spies some intriguing photographs in the archive of a midcentury Times Square freak show, he knows he's on to something. It turns out he's made the find of a lifetime--never-before-seen prints by the legendary Diane Arbus. Furthermore, he begins to suspect that what he's found may add a pivotal chapter to what is now known about Arbus as well as about the "old weird America," in Greil Marcus's phrase, that Hubert's inhabited.

Bob's ensuing adventure--a roller-coaster ride filled with bizarre characters and coincidences--takes him from the fringes of the rare book business to Sotheby's, and from the exhibits of a run-down Times Square freak show to the curator's office of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will the photos be authenticated? How will Arbus's notoriously protective daughter react? Most importantly, can Bob, who always manages to screw up his most promising deals, finally make just one big score?

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