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Reads tagged with “New York”

What Makes a Great City: Anaïs Nin on the Poetics of New York
What Makes a Great City: Anaïs Nin on the Poetics of New York

“Just bring your own contents, and you create a sparkle of the highest power.”

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Anaïs Nin on Paris vs. New York, 1939
Anaïs Nin on Paris vs. New York, 1939

“The ivory tower of the artist may be the only stronghold left for human values, cultural treasures, man’s cult of beauty.”

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A Vintage Love Letter to Summer: Jan Morris on New York’s Heatwaves as the Ultimate Equalizer of Humanity
A Vintage Love Letter to Summer: Jan Morris on New York’s Heatwaves as the Ultimate Equalizer of Humanity

How the extremities of the thermometer bridge the most insurmountable of social barriers.

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Legendary Graphic Designer Milton Glaser on Art, Purpose, and the Capacity for Astonishment
Legendary Graphic Designer Milton Glaser on Art, Purpose, and the Capacity for Astonishment

“That’s the great benefit of being in the arts, where the possibility for learning never disappears.”

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From Philip Glass to Patti Smith, How 1970s New York Shaped Music for Decades to Come
From Philip Glass to Patti Smith, How 1970s New York Shaped Music for Decades to Come

On “people taking the lousy hands they’d been dealt and dreaming them into music of great consequence.”

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Is It Dirty: A Love Letter to New York’s Grit from Frank O’Hara, 1964
Is It Dirty: A Love Letter to New York’s Grit from Frank O’Hara, 1964

“…you don’t refuse to breathe do you…”

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Twenty Beloved New York Writers on the Magic of Central Park
Twenty Beloved New York Writers on the Magic of Central Park

“You cannot live without establishing an equilibrium between the inner and outer.”

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Emily Roebling and How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built
Emily Roebling and How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built

What wire-walkers and medical mysteries have to do with the world’s deepest pit and the secret female engineer behind an architectural icon.

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Book Spine Poetry vol. 3: New York
Book Spine Poetry vol. 3: New York

The charismatic chaos of the city, captured in book spines.

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Paris vs. New York: Minimalist Illustrated Parallels of Culture
Paris vs. New York: Minimalist Illustrated Parallels of Culture

Macaron vs. cupcake, Proust vs. Salinger, bobo vs. hipster, bordeaux vs. cosmo.

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