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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Book Review: Blueprints for Building Better Girls

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

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

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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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Hello, Irene! Hurricane Survival Tips

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Between the earthquake and Hurricane Irene, we’ve had it with people obsessively discussing the weather. Guess what? Hurricanes hardly happen up here, and for those of us who grew up in hurricane country, the ones we do get seem like really bad thunderstorms. For those of you who are insistently mangling the lyrics to “Come [&hellip
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Book Review: Incognito

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incogni The milieu of early-20th-century New York City remains almost exclusively the purview of Edith Wharton, and any author who dares to set their novels in the same time period will suffer in the comparison. To his credit, Gregory Murphy isn’t as interested in the manners and moirés of the time as Wharton was. By necessity, [&hellip
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And Baby Makes Comedy

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Thinking about having a baby can ruin your relationship. Actually having a baby? Well, that can ruin your relationship too, at least according to Daniel Goldfarb’s Cradle and All, a two-act comedy in which Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller play neighboring couples Claire and Luke (childless) and Annie and Nate, who have an 11-month-old insomniac [&hellip
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Book Review: Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

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rob-lowe-book Like his character on The West Wing, White House speechwriter Sam Seaborn, Rob Lowe stays admirably on message in his new memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. He’s at pains to paint himself as a grounded, levelheaded man who has (mostly) successfully navigated the rapids of early fame and success, debilitating personal crises and [&hellip
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Book Review: Sisters of Fortune: America’s Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad

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sisters Imagine if, instead of finding defeat at the hands of the crafty, debauched Europeans, Henry James’ heroines triumphed, and found love, money and social position across the Atlantic? The result would be something like the real lives of Maryland’s Caton sisters—Marianne, Louisa, Bess and Emily, vividly recreated by biographer Jehanne Wake in Sisters of Fortune
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