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110 best books: The perfect library

110 best books: The perfect library

40th Anniversary: The New York Books Canon New York is a hypertextualized city. By 6 a.m., our commuters have smudged more words off their papers than most cities read all day. How to even begin identifying a canon? While reading, I plotted candidates along two mystical axes: one of all-around literary merit, and the other of “New Yorkitude”—the degree to which a book allows itself to obsess over the city. Robert Caro’s The Power Broker just about maxes out both axes; others perseverate so memorably on smaller aspects of city life that they had to be included. There were, of course, regrettable omissions: Jimmy Breslin is a quintessential New York writer whose main strength is not books; Puzo’s Godfather was better as a movie. NORMAN MAILER, THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT, 1968 Although most of the book’s action—Mailer’s rabble-rousing at a protest march on the Pentagon—takes place 200 miles south of the city, this still belongs in the New York canon. ROBERT A. E.L.

Coilhouse “Alternative subcultures. They were a crucial aspect of industrial civilization in the two previous centuries. They were where industrial civilization went to dream. A sort of unconscious R&D, exploring alternative social strategies … but they became extinct.” “Extinct?”“We started picking them before they could ripen. COILHOUSE is a love letter to alternative culture, written in an era when alternative culture no longer exists. Here, you will find an assemblage of the visual, cerebral, amusing, challenging and, above all, the ever-evolving. * cryptohistory and misanthropology * abandoned structures + sprawling metropolises * pre-apocalypse pleasure islands * Genghis Khan’s bow and Hiro Protagonist’s sword * otherworldly beauties with faces painted bright * unreasonable footwear * complicated hair * technological body enhancement * incredibly strange music * flagrant futurism * whalebone, absinthe, silk * patricide girls * body scaffolding * dressing for war The above is just a taste.

Recipes for the hot days Wow. When I first decided to host an event, I convinced myself that I'd be satisfied with even ten entries. Never in a million years would I have expected 64 of you to participate! Now, let's get to it! I received two versions of salsa. Lucy from Sweets, Savories, etc. sent in the second salsa, inspired by the Southwestern Egg Rolls from Chili’s (one of my favorite chain restaurants). One of my favorite foods to come out of Greece is Tzadziki Sauce—it’s so versatile and tasty. Susan and Kenny from Life at Quail Hollow made good use of their copious tomatoes with this Tomatoes and Goat Cheese appetizer. The next starter is a real looker--Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Rolls made by Jude of Apple Pie, Patis, and Pate. Lore from Culinarty sent in our final hors d'oeuvre. I wasn’t sure where to stick the entry from Sandi of WhistleStop Café. Let’s move on to the cold soups: I'm not kidding when I say that avocados are my weakness. How about a different but equally enticing gazpacho?

WhatCulture! | Film, TV, Gaming, Music, Sport, Comics. Great Olan Mills photos Total frickin' awesomeness from Olan Mills, Sears and other fine portrait studios. Those glasses came free with a purchase of Brut cologne. Thoughtful Lance. Mirthful Lance. Two sides of a delightful coin. Drake won Bitchin'est Senior Mullet by a landslide. That dude wore a tie for nothing. The Purvis family made several stops along the Oregon Trail to document their six-month journey. I wanted a shot like this for my wedding. It's called a leisure suit, ladies and germs, and if you didn't have one in the early 70s, you were a big fat loser. It's a vagina, madam, not a clown car. Olan Mills backdrop #4: Bucolic Meadow with Split Rail Fence. Gene had always secretly wanted to lay hands on Chet Picture day at the asylum Butt-cut, wings and earmuffs. Oh, this is super. Bobbi isn't the first waitress to fall for her manager, but she and Dale both got fired from Sonny's. Rejected Toby Keith album cover. Just a typical afternoon down on the plantation. This photo isn't discolored. "The Damned" Shelfari - The Site for Books & Readers Headlines BookDaily Vulture - Entertainment News - Celebrity News, TV Recaps, Movies, Music, Art, Books, Theater Either Commit Suicide or Start Giggling: An Interview with Andrei Codrescu Interview by Sophie Erskine. 3:AM: Andrei, thanks so much for agreeing to answer my questions. I hope they won’t be too stupid. You became an American citizen in 1981 but had grown up in Romania. Do you think this sort of culturally-mixed background is helpful to creative individuals? For example, does it mean you can understand different points of view better than if you had only lived in one country? AC: You should live in at least seven countries for a minimum of one year in each before you are seventeen, and must speak and write at least five languages in order to be a half-decent poet. 3:AM: You famously covered the Romanian Revolution of 1989 for National Public Radio. AC: My ignorance and nostalgia helped more than my writing. 3:AM: I’m loving your new book, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess. 3:AM: Speaking of amusement, you say that the first Dadas “drew their force from everything and anything, but mostly from laughter.