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Jared Diamond on His New Book, Upheaval
My understanding is that, in contrast to five years ago, the majority of American citizens and voters recognize the reality of climate change. So there is, I’d say, recognition by the American public as a whole that there is quite a change in that we are responsible for it.
interview  nyc  climate  books  politics  nationalism  usa 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Everyone’s World Is Ending All the Time: notes on becoming a climate resilience planner at the edge of the anthropocene - Uncanny Magazine
To speak to that soft city-flesh, to speak for it, and for its people, to respect that climate change harms first those who have been already been harmed worst—to practice not only planning but environmental justice—for this I must believe that a planner at the edge of the Anthropocene is a translator with an agenda.
anthropology  climate  culture  politics  cities  development  sciencefiction  education  nyc  transportation 
10 days ago by allaboutgeorge
On Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” and the NYC Skyline
Far more ideology than art, the skyline, as Stevie knew, signifies nothing. This is why you don’t look up. New York is what’s in front of you.
nyc  attention  presence  newyork  music  cities  safety  architecture  language  surveillance 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
“I Felt Like I Was Being Physically Ripped Apart”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Opens Up About Her New Fame, Trump, and Life in the Bubble | Vanity Fair
“A lot of days, I don’t want to talk, believe it or not . . . The reality of the situation is that if I don’t define this moment, and if I don’t use my voice, then they will fill the void.”
politics  democrats  nyc  communication  attention  reputation  presence  washington 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Meet duendita, a Spiritual Soul Singer Who Worships at the Altar of Self-Love | Pitchfork
I also think about how being alive is not a consensual experience. Late at night, when things get really weird, I ask my friends, like, “You would tell me if you asked to be born, right? And if you find out that you did ask, let me know as soon as possible, because I want to know if I agreed to this shit.”
identity  music  nyc  creativity  awyeah  presence  religion  spirituality 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The First Days of Disco | The New Yorker
“To people outside the disco milieu,” he writes, at the end of one column, the idea of a d.j. making something new out of other people’s music might seem preposterous. “But there’s no question that a real d.j. can shape a night of music with his personality, style, and spirit, magically turning a string of records into a spontaneous symphony.”
music  technology  curation  art  creativity  attention  beauty  1970s  nyc  chicago  culture 
january 2019 by allaboutgeorge
Padma Lakshmi: ‘Top Chef’ Profile
“It was only because Helmut Newton happened to find me and happened to love scars that all of a sudden everybody wanted me for their fashion shows, and everyone wanted me in short sleeves, so you could tell it was me,” she reflects, tearing off a piece of the voluminous dosa. “It took another person who had power to look at me another way, to give me permission, that that was even available to me.”
nyc  magazines  food  writing  fashion  beauty  power  television  books  memory 
january 2019 by allaboutgeorge
Barry Jenkins on Adapting ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
I will say,” Jenkins clarifies regarding Baldwin’s view of America, “it’s not a kind contempt, but it is a constructive contempt. He was writing with the belief that the American ideal, or just America itself, was salvageable, that this idea of greatness in America was actually possible, but through rigorous interrogation.”
writing  film  movies  creativity  literature  1970s  nyc  america 
december 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Kim Stanley Robinson: The Good Anthropocene – Locus Online
The thing about climate change is it’s usually pretty slow. While it will include some quick catastrophes that just slap you in the face, like a big hurricane or fire or flood, it’s more often slow, like the five-year drought we had in California.
climate  literature  books  futurism  science  sciencefiction  writing  nyc  weather 
december 2018 by allaboutgeorge
RA Podcast: RA.653 ARP
Ultimately, it's taught me that music is a catalyst for creating a social space. If the music is properly expansive, that sends a distinct message. And the effect of sharing social space with people you may not be likely to interact with in the streets, at your local or on the subway is what makes it such a positive and necessary force.
dance  social  relationships  public  nyc  music  attention 
december 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Ten Years in the Trenches: TV on the Radio Return to Dear Science | Pitchfork
“Pushing joy is as important and as political as laying bare the lies of power,” Malone says. “None of it really means a thing if you can’t dance to it.”
music  indie  rock  activism  2008  nyc 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Sorry New York, California Is Just Better Now - Eater
So collectively, Los Angeles and the Bay Area project out into the world enlightened multiculturalism, casual confidence, quality born from exceptional farming, freethinking (dishes can taste of a specific village in Mexico or a chef’s tinkerings; if it truly hangs together both are okay!), luxury, and accessibility.
food  california  nyc  chicago  losangeles  sanfrancisco  oakland  cooking  restaurant  immigration 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Pynchon Takes On Silicon Alley -
Mr. Pynchon, the secretive and widely followed author, is set to publish a new book titled “Bleeding Edge” that has Manhattan’s Silicon Alley as its setting, the publisher, Penguin Press, announced on Monday. The release date is Sept. 17.

The novel, set in 2001, takes place in “the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11,” Penguin said in a release announcing its 2012 results.
nyc  technology  novels  writing  books  fiction  publishing  september11 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kind of Blue | Feature | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area News & Arts Coverage
Of course, the Bay Area will never be able to rival New York, if only because of sheer density. With 7 million residents, New York can sustain countless venues that stay open late. Few people have cars. Everything is laid out specifically to generate a vibrant nightlife scene.

In the Bay Area we have sprawl, a lower population density, and a subway system that shuts down at midnight. No matter how much lip service we pay to the idea of nightlife — in any form, not just jazz — we're topographically set up to inhibit it.
jazz  music  livemusic  bayarea  nyc 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Steve Reich revisits tragedy with 'WTC 9/11'
The three-movement piece opens with a violin drone in F, the note a phone makes when left off the hook. The strings then amplify recorded voices, edited to evocative sentences. They include the voice of the first ambulance driver to arrive at the World Trade Center and an air traffic controller who rhythmically utters, "No contact with the pilot, no contact with the pilot whatsoever."

Reich acquired the voices of emergency officials from public-domain sources. He also made recordings of those who lived near the World Trade Center, including his son's neighbor, who eerily states in the piece, "Suddenly it was black outside."
classicalmusic  classical  music  songwriting  wtc  september11  nyc 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Juan Maclean LCD Soundsystem - The Juan Maclean on James Murphy Influence - Esquire
I know he's definitely continuing DJing, for sure. And I imagine making twelve-inches again. My sense is that he wants to be a sort of David Byrne or Brian Eno character, without the sort of burden of making albums and touring that being in LCD brings with it. Now he can just do whatever he wants. If he wants to make some weird ambient album that he records in Africa, he can do it.
music  lcd  nyc 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Sue de Beer’s Latest Video, at Park Avenue Armory -
“As an artist, you shed all these objects which were the ‘you’ back in the moment when you made them,” she said. “And then you go back and hardly recognize them and feel like the person who made them wasn’t you but someone else, like a sister or something. And you wonder ‘What was she like?’ ”
memory  art  creativity  attention  identity  beauty  nyc  nytimes  video 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Butch Morris and Jen Shyu at Winter Jazzfest - Review -
There is an audience for jazz, you know. Off the books, it’s bigger than you think. Sometimes the culture around it feels spread out and invisible, like pollen in the air.
jazz  music  concerts  nyc 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
You Are What You Sell: A Look into the Ad World - Modern Luxury Manhattan - Style
“It is no longer good enough to market on the basis of a product’s superiority point. You’ve got to find a belief that a brand can own in a credible way, so people can feel a sense of shared value.”
marketing  identity  nyc  communication  ethics 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Art Review - Art and News, Intersecting at the New Museum -
The idea behind the exhibition — print journalism as a visual and existential phenomenon — is timely, and specific enough to be addressed and illustrated through art. Is the phenomenon intrinsically ephemeral or monumental? Is it truth telling or illusion spinning? One asks the same questions of art.

One also asks: Who has the power to write the news, or make art, and by extension to create something called history? What are the similarities between newspapers and museums? To what degree are both responsible for providing social information as well as entertainment?
art  newspapers  nyc  museums  creativity  history  information  social  power 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Infographic of the Day: Why Do People Move To and From New York? | Co.Design
How it works: People’s moves are plotted according to zip codes. A brown marker with a red ring represents a zip code where more people moved out than in; brown with blue means more people moved out; and plain brown means that moves in and out were about equal. A bigger marker indicates more moves.

From there, you can click a marker to see precisely who moved where.
mapping  demography  nyc  location  newyork  information  data 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New York Minorities Frisked 9 Times as Often, Data Find -
"The most common reason listed by the police was a category known as 'furtive movements.'" (via )
nyc  from twitter
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Accidental Music Lesson - Opinionator Blog -
Once, at my last piano lesson before heading off for vacation, I asked Mrs. Kutzen what her plans were for the summer. Her reply: “Michael, musicians don’t take vacations.” I filed this line away in a special part of my brain, an informal collection of “accidental music lessons.” My interpretation of Mrs. Kutzen’s words has changed through the years, like a Talmudic discourse that is argued from different points of view:

1. Musicians just don’t ever feel quite right going an extended period of time without playing their instrument.

2. Music isn’t a job that you punch in and out of. It’s an obsession, a calling and your purpose in life.

3. Musicians don’t make a lot of money and you’re not going to be able to afford a vacation anyway.
music  teaching  classical  classicalmusic  learning  education  miami  nytimes  nyc 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Lost Languages, Found in New York -
“It’s hard to use a word like preserve with a language,” said Robert Holman, who teaches at Columbia and New York University and is working with Professor Kaufman on the alliance. “It’s not like putting jelly in a jar. A language is used. Language is consciousness. Everybody wants to speak English, but those lullabies that allow you to go to sleep at night and dream — that’s what we’re talking about.”
language  nyc  history  english  attention  research 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
NYC food blogger Cathy Erway ate in for a year -
“When you’re cooking for yourself, you don’t need a lot of stuff. You just need a good knife, creativity and a willingness to eat whatever you might mess up.”
food  creativity  cheap  blogging  nyc  economy  relationships  community 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
John Guare: 'Writing is a blood sport' | Stage | The Guardian
It's something about the compression of Manhattan, a space less than five miles by three. All walkable. London is like LA, a series of villages spread over a vast area. Manhattan is the most democratic city because everyone is in the same boat."
london  losangeles  manhattan  nyc  cities  transit 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
About Last Night . . .The Boyfriend, by Carrie Hill Wilner -
Once, I heard that having a boyfriend isn't about auditioning guys for the role; it's about finding someone you care enough about to write the role for. Here, I've found a specific person, but what's getting in the way isn't my idea of what he should be. It's my idea of who I am: unfettered, of loose morals, wild, restless. I’m learning, though, that these qualities don't preclude me from loving someone, no matter how hard I'd throw a bottle at someone who suggested otherwise.
writing  relationships  identity  women  men  dating  love  nyc  behavior  sex  creativity  work 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York - Sound of the City - From the Voice Archives: Robert Christgau on the Mass Culture Spectacle of Michael Jackson in 1984
The Victory Tour's $30 prices aren't as out of line as they ought to be (Marvin Gaye charged $25 at Radio City--though Bruce's top is $16), but they do seem to keep black kids away, and black kids would have made good company at the Garden. After all, they're the ones who've cared about Michael longest and deepest, who feel his success as more than an exotic accident of statistics and modern communication--and they're also the unnamed potential perpetrators who inspired the tour's massive-to-paranoid security outlay. As delighted as I am to see white America recognize a black heir, I'm not going to think the affection in which he's held means a whole lot racially until it gets generalized a little.
music  reviews  nyc  writing  culture  aesthetics  identity  race  rock  concerts  1980s 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Village Voice - New York Music - Rob Harvila - Janelle Monáe, Space Cowgirl
"I have bulks of white oxford shirts and black pants and saddle-oxfords in black and white. . . . I don't own any colors in my closet," she explains. "I got tired of—colors. I feel more centered when I'm in black and white. I feel more focused. All the colors come out in my work, in my voice, in my movement. And, sometimes, I don't feel centered when I'm onstage. I feel extremely flamboyant. It's a uniform. It works very well for me. I have too many things to focus on—like being an artist, you know?"
fashion  music  nyc  rock  aesthetics  art 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hard to Name Real Winners at Fashion Awards -
“The most important thing is to go back to basics, and remind ourselves why we fell in love with fashion in the first place,” Ms. Ullman said. “As long as you have a single needle and a spool of thread — and a first-rate marketing team — you can do it.”
fashion  design  creativity  nyc  awards  marketing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
ReadWriteWeb: NYC Waterfalls: How Real-Time Cellphone Data Can Impact Local Economies
Overall the analysis of digital footprints showed the impact of the waterfalls, and how they drove people to new parts of the city over time. MIT says that this type of information can feed tourism studies and help a city to understand the behavior of people (tourists) who can have a large impact on the local economy. This type of data would also be useful for urban planning, of future events and attractions.
technology  research  economics  travel  flickr  mobile  nyc  location  data  information  art 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: Twilight of the Tummlers
“I don’t feel that I’m pessimistic,” says Allen. “That’s something I get called: pessimistic, nihilistic, cynical … I don’t see it that way. I just have a realistic attitude, and the hard facts are so brutal and terrifying that each person has his own way of rationalizing that it’s not so bad. But it is so bad. And the trick is to acknowledge that, and still get through.”

As Allen speaks those words, David starts laughing (where others might weep). “I agree with that,” he says. “I go through life feeling sorry for pretty much everybody. I’ll pass a toll, and I’ll think about the toll collector standing in there for eight or ten hours a day—how do they do it? How do they get up in the morning and go back? I feel sorry for everyone.”
death  identity  judaism  movies  film  cinema  writing  creativity  humor  comedy  religion  newyork  nyc 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Fish Wrap - City Room Blog -
Well, real newspapers still have a very vital role at Stella Maris fishing station in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, which for more than 60 years has been selling frozen bunker for bait.
newspapers  newyork  nyc  brooklyn  fish  video 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Times Economix Blog: New York, New York, America's Resilient City
[...] According to National Association of Realtors data, New York is the only city in the continental United States, outside of San Francisco Bay, where median sales prices remain north of $500,000. [...]

[...] This is not the first time that New York has weathered a downturn well. Between 1950 and 2000, all but 2 of the 10 largest American cities lost 20 percent or more of their populations. America’s older, colder cities were buffeted badly by an exodus of manufacturing jobs, suburbanization and the move to the Sun Belt. Some cities — Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis — shrank to one-half or less of their former size. New York and Los Angeles were the two cities that grew. While Los Angeles had everything going for it — cars, sunshine, movie stars — New York, then as now, seemed to have everything going against it. [...]
newyork  nyc  nytimes  losangeles  realestate  housing  economics 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge | Ideas | For urban idealists, staying power
"I have to be optimistic. I've chosen Toronto as my home. But I've always been really proud of the city. I'd rather be here than any other city in North America, even New York. We don't have race riots or ghettoes."
cities  urban  toronto  canada  magazines  race  northamerica  nyc 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What Could Make Someone Want to Leave New York and Move to Buffalo? -- New York Magazine
"It offers the chance to live on the cheap and start a nonprofit organization, or rent an abandoned church for $1,000 a month, or finish your album without having to hold down two temp jobs at the same time, or simply have more space and a better view and enough money left over each month to buy yourself a painting once in awhile. A city like Buffalo reminds you that, beyond New York, there are still frontiers."
newyork  cities  urban  community  nyc 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
About Face: How Plastic Surgery Can Give an Older Woman the Face of a Baby -- New York Magazine
"When I tell her that making the face bigger or 'fatter' seems counterintuitive, she says, 'I know, that’s why no one was doing it twenty years ago.' 'How did you figure it out?' I ask. 'Because I was doing lipo and I don’t like to throw anything away.'"
beauty  women  youth  children  nyc  magazine  art  aesthetics  aging  identity  celebrity  medicine  fashion  health  culture  gender  feminism  surgery 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Night Life Reprogrammed -
"A debate about what to call the Web video business quickly broke out. 'I look at the term "Internet TV" as the same thing as "vegetarian chicken," ' said Mr. Smooth, explaining that Web video is a new art form that should not be compared to the stale stuff flowing from television sets."
television  video  web  online  nyc  social  technology  nytimes 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WNYC - Concerts from the Frick Collection: Harmonie Universelle (April 19, 2008)
"Comprised of musicians from both Europe and the Americas, Harmonie Universelle takes a fresh approach to the sound of 17th and 18th century music, described as 'simultaneously sensual and seductive, sensitive and homogeneous' by Diapason magazine."
classical  music  classicalmusic  nyc  europe 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Laurie Anderson Talks About
I kind of just try to have as much fun as possible.

"Each and every day is something new?" "I know it sounds like a children's show ..." "But I said that. You didn't." "I can't help it. I can't help it. You know, I really do think that we're here to ha
music  interview  happiness  creativity  art  nyc  playwriting  writing  rock 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: Pat Hackett: Andy Warhol's gal Friday talks about her boss's odd work habits and her career as amanuensis, screenwriter, and co-author
"He knew you could make a lot of money in publishing if you did it right, the same way that you could in movies if you did it right. But these things never turned out to be profitable the way Andy did them."
books  magazines  art  1960s  work  nyc 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Atlanta: Seventh Borough? Or Circle of Hell? -- Daily Intel -- New York News Blog -- New York Magazine
"[T]heir overall crabbiness implies they are in fact real ex-residents. Because while all New Yorkers may long for space, peace, and happiness, what they really want is to have all that here."
cities  atlanta  georgia  nyc  happiness  urban 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Cities and Ambition
"A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in conversations you overhear. It's not something you have to seek out, but something you can't turn off."
cities  urban  berkeley  nyc  paris  power  sanfrancisco  environment  demographics  culture  community  boston  bayarea  location 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
On the dopeness of "The Wackness" - Beyond the Multiplex -
"All this great music was coming out then. Especially the hip-hop -- that was what I connected to on a visceral, personal level. The music you're listening to really determines a lot about your memories."
hiphop  cinema  film  movies  nyc  music  aesthetics  identity  cities 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New York Press - JERRY PORTWOOD - Nerd Mentality
“That’s one of the interesting things about becoming a de-stigmatized category that people, in theory, think is cool. If people are falsely claiming to be nerds, I shouldn’t recoil when I’m called a nerd.”
identity  aesthetics  fashion  marketing  books  nonfiction  nyc 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > nyclife > The Queer Issue: Buck Angel, A Man With a Pussy: LGB Without the T by Michael Lavers
"We're more sensitive to it, because the amount of gender policing we do among each other—casually and socially—is striking: Are you man enough, women enough, the right kind of woman?"
gay  identity  nyc  black  aesthetics  beauty  men  women  gender 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > nyclife > Gay Pride in the Outer Boroughs by Tony Phillips
"Don't forget, the South Bronx is still emerging economically from the devastation of decades of political and cultural neglect. We are a large community with a lot of complexity and particularities—not just sexual issues."
identity  gay  nyc  cities  urban  ritual  aesthetics  politics  police 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Lara Vapnyar’s Writing Mixes Food and Fiction -
“Beginning writers often don’t give their characters enough particulars. Food is something that readers can understand.”
food  writing  creativity  aesthetics  russia  nyc  fiction  cooking 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian Magazine | Travel | You got a problem with that?
"When New Yorkers see a stranger, they don't think, 'I don't know you.' They think, 'I know you. I know your problems—they're the same as mine—and furthermore we have the same handbag.' So that's how they treat you."
culture  essay  newyork  nyc  psychology  reading  sociology  travel  geography  urban  cities  social  public 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Library Looks at Photography and the City - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog
“As New Yorkers, we’re so used to the subway car that we almost don’t pay attention to it. This project, in a way, points that out. also does so in a way that reminds people that it’s still one place you to go every day.”
photography  nyc  transit  transportation  public  aesthetics  art  library 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: The Affairs of Men
“I haven’t ever seen anyone who doesn’t deliver on every single demand their sexuality makes on them. [...] There is no more unnatural principle of social organization than sexual exclusivity."
sex  men  marriage  relationships  polyamory  love  nyc  social 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A Chronicler of Late-Night Party Melancholy - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog
“I like that hour between 3 and 4 in the morning when desperation sets in, when you see all the anticipation of going out starting to fade."
photography  nyc  beauty  aesthetics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Burlesque Makes a Comeback in New York - New York Times
“Neo-burlesque is popular with women because it’s sexy, it’s comic, and it’s not all skinny, model-types. It’s something that goes back to Mae West, really. Just taking your clothes off onstage doesn’t make you a good burlesque performer."
art  dance  nyc  theater  beauty  aesthetics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pants May be Touted as the Coming Thing, but Women Seem to Prefer Dresses - New York Times
“Instead of spending days thinking about your wardrobe, you can concentrate on who you’re voting for for president.”
fashion  women  nyc  president  elections  campaigns  2008  identity  marketing 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Francesca Harper and Eric Cohen - Vows-Weddings - New York Times
“It’s about embracing our differences and imperfections, and seeing them as beautiful and accepted.”
love  relationships  identity  work  nyc  dating  marriage  ritual 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Austin Contrarian: Density calculations for U.S. urbanized areas, weighted by census tract
"Austin and Tampa are not really denser than Boston (as the standard density figures suggest), and the sprawling suburbs of Riverside County are not actually denser than Chicago. Note that Portland's urbanized area is less dense than Houston's. [...]"
cities  austin  tampa  boston  california  riverside  chicago  illinois  nyc  portland  houston  urban  population  census 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Atlantic Monthly: The Next Slum?
"[I]f New York City were its own state, it would be the most energy-efficient state in the union; most Manhattanites not only walk or take public transit to get around, they unintentionally share heat with their upstairs neighbors."
cities  urban  urbanism  housing  suburbia  realestate  nyc 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > news > The Fabolous Life by Chloé A. Hilliard
"We're sitting in a theater watching him work, looking at his mind. Even when he comes out on the walkway, he comes out in a Mickey Mouse T-shirt—and he's supposed to be Marc Jacobs."
creativity  fashion  music  hiphop  nyc  aesthetics  identity 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Celebrating the Semicolon in a Most Unlikely Location - New York Times
"In response, most New Yorkers accelerate; they don’t pause to contemplate."
english  grammar  nyc  nytimes  culture  language  transit 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Forkcast: New Music: The Wordless Music Orchestra: "Popcorn Superhet Receiver" (composed by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood)
"In a recent performance recorded live at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York, Brad Lubman conducts the Wordless Music Orchestra for the U.S. debut of Popcorn Superhet Receiver."
pitchfork  classical  classicalmusic  music  nyc 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Icy Day Finds Old Union Outside Modern City Shops - New York Times
"The home of the caramel macchiato, Starbucks, has drawn some of the most consistent criticism, often from employees associated with the Industrial Workers of the World."
labor  unions  work  jobs  nyc  coffee  beverages  corporations  business  cities  caffeine 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dept. of Labor: Strike Beards: The Talk of the Town: The New Yorker
“In my line of work there’s no opportunity to grow a beard. These shows are the organizing principles of our lives, and the moment they stop you start to go insane.”
culture  hair  newyorker  television  work  jobs  tv  nyc  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Okay, He Wore Polyester. But He Still Speaks to Us. -
"'The ethnic American feels unappreciated for the contribution he makes to society. In many ways he is treated like the machine he operates or the pencil he pushes.'"
ethnicity  dance  1970s  music  race  nyc 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Le Romantique - New York Times
"I dreamed all this. The streets, the house, the junkyard. I dreamed it, and now it's here.” “Maybe you're still asleep." "Possibly. That's always a possibility."
film  cinema  creativity  france  nyc  aesthetics  video  music 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sex in the Park, and Its Sneaky Spectators - New York Times
"My intention was to capture what happened in the parks, so I was not a real 'voyeur' like them. But I think, in a way, the act of taking photographs itself is voyeuristic somehow. So I may be a voyeur, because I am a photographer."
art  nyc  photography  japan  aesthetics  public  sex  presence 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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