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Reads tagged with “New York”

The Optimism of the Oyster
The Optimism of the Oyster

From the rudiments of consciousness to the redemptions of conservation, with a side of existential reckoning.

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How New York Breaks Your Heart: A Photographic Elegy for the City of Electric Beauty with an Edge of Sorrow
How New York Breaks Your Heart: A Photographic Elegy for the City of Electric Beauty with an Edge of Sorrow

“First, it lets you fall in love with it…”

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Insomniac City: Bill Hayes’s Extraordinary Love Letter to New York, Oliver Sacks, and Love Itself
Insomniac City: Bill Hayes’s Extraordinary Love Letter to New York, Oliver Sacks, and Love Itself

“The most we can do is to write — intelligently, creatively, evocatively — about what it is like living in the world at this time.”

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The Women Who Made New York: Restoring the Rightful Ratio of Remembrance
The Women Who Made New York: Restoring the Rightful Ratio of Remembrance

From artists to activists, an homage to the unheralded hands and hearts who built one of humanity’s most iconic cities.

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

“Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person.”

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Tracing the Roots of the Big Apple: The Mysterious Origins of the World’s Most Famous City Moniker
Tracing the Roots of the Big Apple: The Mysterious Origins of the World’s Most Famous City Moniker

A working theory of grafting Eden.

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Beloved Lebanese-American Poet and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran on America, New York, and Jewishness
Beloved Lebanese-American Poet and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran on America, New York, and Jewishness

“America is far greater than what people think; her Destiny is strong and healthy and eager.”

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You Are Here: Creative Cartography Mapping the Soul of New York
You Are Here: Creative Cartography Mapping the Soul of New York

“Diversity fills the city with cartographic potential… New York belongs to everyone, and maps prove it.”

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Nonstop Metropolis: An Atlas of Maps Reclaiming New York’s Untold Stories and Unseen Populations
Nonstop Metropolis: An Atlas of Maps Reclaiming New York’s Untold Stories and Unseen Populations

“Each of us is an atlas of sorts, already knowing how to navigate some portion of the world, containing innumerable versions of place as experience and desire and fear, as route and landmark and memory.”

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Alfred Kazin on Loneliness, the Immigrant Experience, the Economics of Love, and How Reading Liberates Us
Alfred Kazin on Loneliness, the Immigrant Experience, the Economics of Love, and How Reading Liberates Us

“Every book I read re-stocked my mind with those great friends… They came into my life proud and compassionate, recognizing me by a secret sign, whispering through subterranean channels of sympathy.”

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