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Casey Kait and Stephen Weiss’ Digital Hustlers, the Please Kill Me of Silicon Alley

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

It’ll be okay with Casey Kait and Stephen Weiss if their book Digital Hustlers (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, 344 pages, $26) becomes known as the Please Kill Me of Silicon Alley. They readily admit that the oral history of punk rock was a model for their oral history of New York’s dotcom rise and fall. There will surely [&hellip
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The Four Horsemen: Scholars Look Back at the Reformation, a Gruesomely Chaotic Time

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I think you’d be forgiven a little historical jingoism if you wanted to argue that the 20th century was the most apocalyptic one in the history of the West, if not the world. Consider the many tens of millions of people slaughtered or brutalized in wars large and small; the Great Depression; the very real [&hellip
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The Potemkin Ghetto

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

In 1941, the SS cleared out the Czech citizens of Theresienstadt (Terezin), an 18th-century garrison town near Prague, and converted it into a "model ghetto" for Jews. A small, walled town, it was a perfect place to hold detainees. From 1942 into 1945, over 140,000 Jewish deportees from throughout Europe were sent to Theresienstadt; some [&hellip
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Oh, Grandma!; Michael Rosenthal’s Different Small Literary Concern; The Latest Cabinet

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

To me, Eileen Landsman was the classic nice little old lady in my building. I knew she was president of the co-op board for a couple of years, but I’m just a renter. As far as I was concerned, she was just that nice older lady I’d see being sweet with her young grandson, or [&hellip
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Multiculti Conservatives?

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Angela Dillard admits that the term "multicultural conservatism" will sound like an oxymoron to some people. But as the Republican Party is at some pains to demonstrate lately, black conservatives, gay conservatives, Latino and Asian and women conservatives are playing more visible roles in mainstream American politics and cultural discourse lately. Dillard’s Guess Who’s Coming [&hellip
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Selwyn Harris Returns, Sober but Still Nasty; Philip K. Dick in Interviews

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

A couple weekends ago we went to see the now-closed Target Margin production of Christopher Marlowe’s Dido Queen of Carthage at the Ohio Theater on Wooster St. While it was ingeniously conceived, skillfully acted and meticulously choreographed, I got upset with director David Herskovits’ decision to present the play as a highly stylized Baroque pantomime [&hellip
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After the Goldrush: New Media Mavens Combat Internet Fatigue

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Yet nearly a year later, dotcoms are still falling from the skies, the NASDAQ is still ailing, and no one wants to read another tale of pink-slipped twentysomethings who were paper millionaires last year. Both "new media" and the old media that grew up to cover the sector are suffering setbacks. Whether it’s online publishing [&hellip
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A New Book Examines How New York City Was Built on Garbage

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Reading Benjamin Miller’s Fat of the Land (Four Walls Eight Windows, 414 pages, $18) you come to realize just how much of New York City is founded on garbage. Literally and figuratively. Fat of the Land recounts the history of urban waste and its disposal over the last 200 years, with a special focus on [&hellip
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