RECollection, volume 1: a new view on collaboration from Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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RECollection, volume 1, the first “tactile experience” from hitRECord.org, the web-based collaborative production company founded by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was released on Tuesday. If it’s not immediately obvious to you what a “web-based collaborative production company” is, or what a “tactile experience” is, allow me to explain. A “tactile experience” is a book, CD and [&hellip
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The Death and Life of New York City

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

No rivalry will ever serve as a better representation of New York City itself than that of the ruthlessly ambitious Robert Moses and the community-minded Jane Jacobs. Moses, the mercurial, all-powerful “master builder” responsible for everything from the Cross Bronx Expressway to Jones Beach, found his near-absolute power overthrown by urban activist Jacobs, whose book [&hellip
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Book Review: Blueprints for Building Better Girls

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blueprints-for-building-better-girls-by-elissa-schappell 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
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Book Review: Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper

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

There are few sub-genres of nonfiction more satisfying than the 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 page-turners. New York [&hellip
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Book Review: Rules of Civility

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Late in Rules of Civility, Amor Towles’ accomplished debut, Katey Kontent defends Great Expectations against an acquaintance who prefers Virginia Woolf. It’s an ironic preference. Ten pages later this acquaintance is revealed to be Katey’s secret benefactor, and she’s perhaps most responsible for making this new Jazz Age novel owe just as much to Dickens [&hellip
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