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Bash Compactor: He Lives By ‘Night’

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Despite a long literary career, George Plimpton was never far from the center of East Hampton’s—or Manhattan’s— nighttime social firmament. So a few Julys after he passed away at 76, his son Taylor packed his ashes tightly into a firework tube, lit the fuse and watched it burst into a “smiley face” pattern against the [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Imaginary Boys

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

The East Village is 100 square blocks of NYU-dominated real estate. On a Saturday night, its bars are all packed with out-of-towners. But the real-world ’hood shares space with another place of the same name: a dreamscape of gritty tenements and vacant lots, where a 40-oz.-fueled teenage adventure is always around the corner. The middle-aged, [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Nothing But a Number

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

Monday night, on the second floor of the powerHouse Arena, Jonathan Lethem was spinning records for the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” a showcase of young novelists. Stepping away from the DJ console freshly-shaven and wearing a sweater vest and T-shirt combo and glasses, Lethem was a shoe-in for the king of all rock [&hellip
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