Robert Contant, owner of St. Mark’s Bookshop

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Books, News Our Town Downtown

The St. Mark’s Bookshop, a treasured literary collection near Astor Place, is no stranger to economic dips, bankruptcy scares and ultimate survival. The store, in operation in the East Village since the 1970s and once a haunt of Allen Ginsberg and William Boroughs, today finds itself once again on the precipice of shutting its doors. [&hellip
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Book Review: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, NY Press Exclusive

Books_Rin-Tin-Tin_Isaacson-287x443 Among the strands that comprise Susan Orlean’s thorough, wide-ranging and ambitious Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend are the promised biography of America’s first dog film star; a history of the evolution of animals into house pets; a shocking revelation that America had a dog army during WWII (where was that fact in [&hellip
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Book Review: Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Among the strands that comprise Susan Orlean’s thorough, wide-ranging and ambitious Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend are the promised biography of America’s first dog film star; a history of the evolution of animals into house pets; a shocking revelation that America had a dog army during WWII (where was that fact in high school [&hellip
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Book Review: The Postmortal

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Our obsession with youth reaches its ultimate climax in Drew Magary’s new novel, The Postmortal. An accidental scientific discovery reveals a way to render people ageless: Once injected with a serum, patients cease to grow older than their age at that moment. Suddenly, people worldwide remain in their twenties and thirties forever, rendering death from old [&hellip
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Book Review: Blueprints for Building Better Girls

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Imagine, if you will, a Mary Gaitskill story collection in which the author casts a fond eye on the foibles and bad behavior of her characters. That book is Elissa Schappell’s Blueprints for Building Better Girls, a collection of eight sharp, meticulously etched and tenuously linked tales of female archetypes. Whatever stereotypes still cling to those [&hellip
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Book Review: Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

There are few sub genres of non-fiction more satisfying than that of a bizarre event recounted in the context of much larger themes. Timothy Egan, who has chronicled both the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and the wildfires of 1910 that prompted a widespread conservation movement, is the master of transforming history lessons into gripping [&hellip
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Book Review: City of Promise

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

When was the last time your heart started pounding while you read a novel? Or learned something you didn’t know about Manhattan’s history? If you can’t remember, then run, do not walk, to purchase a copy of Beverly Swerling’s compulsively readable City of Promise. Set in the Manhattan of the 1870s and ’80s, when elevated subways [&hellip
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Book Review: The Language of Flowers

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, NY Press Exclusive

language-of-flowers The Language of Flowers is a bit like a perfectly manicured flowerbed: the symmetry and colors are breathtaking, but the work shows. In Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel, recently emancipated foster child Victoria strikes out on her own with almost no skills, interpersonal or otherwise, except for a deep connection to the Victorian language of flowers [&hellip
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Book Review: The Postmortal

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books, NY Press Exclusive

413dsMbL6wL Our obsession with youth reaches its ultimate climax in Drew Magary’s new novel, The Postmortal. An accidental scientific discovery reveals a way to render people ageless: Once injected with a serum, patients cease to grow older than their age at that moment. Suddenly, people worldwide remain in their twenties and thirties forever, rendering death from [&hellip
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