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  • 10 years ago

    Luc Sante emerges from a slouching row of 19th-century buildings and squints at the sun through small, round glasses. You could mistake him for an architectural surveyor—which he is, sort of. The cultural critic, historian, and prose craftsma...

  • 10 years ago

    Anyone writing a 21st-century novel about New York-—one where the city functions as a bona fide character, not just a backdrop-—faces two thematic hurdles from the get-go. First is the tired yet timeless conceit of Manhattan-as-monster: ...

  • 10 years ago

    Oh yes, it was wicked cool: getting jacked at machete-point on the subway after a night of clubbing, and at bayonet-point outside of high school. See, NYC thugs had style in 1977, son! I mean, people broke store windows and stole shit during the '...

  • 12 years ago

    On October 30, 1975, the Daily News printed its "FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD" cover. But long before that other unelected president refused to bail out our defaulting boroughs, us New York kids already knew we were fucked. It was Taxi Driver time, as ...

  • 15 years ago

    It's tough to imagine an American pop star penning a memoir like Tropical Truth. That's not just because our musical celebs are rarely imprisoned for their aesthetic politics, as Veloso was in Brazil in the late '60s, but also because few would us...

  • 15 years ago

    Let us now praise great Americans: Louis Armstrong, Jerry Garcia, and Grandmaster Flash made their history with equal parts pioneer cojones and improvisatory derring-do. They had a lot in common. Back in the day, each would move their crowd, playi...


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