JIM HAYNES

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Mosaic Press


138 pages, 22.5 x 15 cm

Edited by Howard Aster
Mosaic Press, Publishers
Cover photo by Ewa Rudling
Cover design by Josh Goskey

 
Jim Haynes is a unique, special, one-of-a-kind person. He can honestly state that he "has served dinner to more than 100,000 people over the past 25 years in his home/atelier in Paris." And, most of those people who have met Jim either at his atelier/home in Paris, or in Edinburgh, or London, or in Amsterdam where he has lived or somewhere around the world where he has travelled will also declare that he is one of the nicest, kindest, most open, generous and remarkable people in the world. Everybody who knows him loves him!
Jim has been the subject of innumerable articles and profiles, from print to television. The Financial Times headline in 1999 stated "Always open to every experience and never one to be ashamed, Jim Haynes still believes in the Sixties after all these years." The Sunday Independent headline on Jim reads: "Jim Haynes has made getting to know people his life's work." He has been the subject of major profiles in the Chicago Tribune, the Telegraph, the Edinburgh Evening News, the BBC program on the 60s, and many other media.
Art and culture have been the centre of Jim's life and work. He started the first paperback bookstore in Edinburgh in the late 1950s, he started the Traverse Theatre, participated in the creation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the London Traverse Theatre Company, co-launched the London newspaper "I.T." and the Arts Lab, co-launched the sexual freedom newspaper "Suck" in Amsterdam, was awarded The Whitebread Prize in 1966, taught Media Studies and Sexual Politics at the University of Paris for 30 years, has written Thanks for Coming, Faber & Faber, 1984, Hello, I Love You!, Workers of the World, Unite and Stop Working, Everything Is! And the travel series People to People.
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Reviews:

In Praise of Joy, White Washing Fences with Jim Haynes: A Celebration.
Edited by Howard Aster (Mosaic Press)

This is a collection of essays dedicated to Paris' most written about expat. Over the past 25 years, Jim Haynes has become famous for his Sunday night dinners, a modern-day take on the "salon" concept where artists, writers, and intellectuals mingle over a plate of hot food and a glass of wine. Culture has always been central to Haynes' life and since leaving the United States in the 1950s, he has, among other things, started the Traverse Theatre, participated in creating the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, launched several magazines and been awarded the Whitbread Prize. These essays, written by friends and colleagues, capture perfectly his way of life and involvement in the arts as well as his love of people and gift for friendship. In addition to the essays, the book also includes a selection of personal photographs, drawings and letters documenting Haynes unusual existence.

Alice Quillet in Paris Free Voices, Winter 2005/2006

 
 
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