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Can You Imagine Standing in Line Just for a Newspaper?

'Suddenly and with little warning: STRIKE!' So began a 17-day newspaper delivery strike that prevented newspapers from getting to newsstands and doorsteps, as immortalised in the 1945 short, 17 Days: The Story of Newspaper History in the Making.

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‘Visions of New York City’ Is a Breezy, Celebratory Visual Travelogue—Join the Tour, Here

New York was already the largest American city by 1820, and although it wasn't the birthplace of the skyscraper, it would quickly boast the densest concentration of such buildings in the world.

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The Crusades: A Mammoth Study of the Clash Between the Armies of Europe and the Middle East

Thomas Asbridge gives a comprehensive look at 200 years of military, political, and religious maneuvering in the crucible of the Holy Land.

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Uncertainty: A Meditation on Choice in New York City

Uncertainty may not be deeply profound, but McGhee and Siegel, and their lead actors, use the film to explore the power of chance and choice in a subtle and emotionally compelling way.

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D-Sisive - “Ray Charles (Looking for a Star)” feat. King Reign

This week, Canadian-bred emcee D-Sisive let loose of his latest single, “Ray Charles (Looking for a Star”, which features a fantastic closing verse from King

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The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

A history of 'being white' that shows how race is a social construction rather than a biological identity.

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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch

This book is a welcome tonic, carefully researched historical medicine, for an age prone to irrational and paranoid thinking.

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18 Mar 2010 // 7:10 AM

Re: Reading Chronic City

A second take on the most recent novel by Jonathan Lethem, which was named a New York Times Best Book for 2009.

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Power and Contestation: India since 1989 by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam

Nigam and Menon remind us of the rich history non violent protest has had in subaltern India, and that the recourse to violence is a measure of desperation rather than entitlement.

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Garry Wills’ new book says Congress and the courts have become immaterial

It’s time we revised our eighth-grade social studies textbooks. America has no presidency any longer, but a monarchy. Absurd? Historian Garry Wills says it

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Chicago: A Biography by Dominic Pacyga

The story of Chicago is an epic one, full of many acts of ingenuity, wonder, greed, and tragedy; all the best and worst characteristics of humanity on a grand scale.

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Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow

In this book, E. L. Doctorow is like a great magician trying to make a monumental illusion out of a street corner shell game, just to prove that he can.

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Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life by Michael Greenberg

Greenberg's New York lives and breathes (and sometimes stinks) like a larger than life hero.

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Sonic Youth: 3 July 2009 - United Palace Theatre, New York

Classics like "Tom Violence" occasionally worked their way in, but for the most part the set list consisted of tunes from this year's triumphant new album The Eternal

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The Landmark Herodotus by  Robert B. Strassler

An extraordinary account of a long distant past, one that provides a well-rendered portrait of the human condition in ancient times.

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Licentious Gotham by Donna Dennis

The book is not necessarily a history of erotic publishing as much as the history of erotic publishing’s clash with the law.

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: NYC

Jazz drummer Steve Reid is a fascinating contrast to the rigid grids typical of Four Tet.

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Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far)

International relations get another moment in the spotlight when Barry mentions that in December 2006 the five permanent members of the UN Security Council include the US, the UK, Russia, China, and Google.

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More Than It Hurts You by Darin Strauss

Strauss turns a sociological eye on his cast of characters and seems at times on the verge of creating a Bonfire of the Vanities for the new millennium.

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Manhattan Nocturne: by Colin Harrison

The story turns on the fate of two illicitly filmed voyeur videos – the saddest and strangest sexual encounters ever conceived.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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