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Whitey Bulger to the cartels: The American Dream’s dark side

Whitey Bulger to the cartels: The American Dream’s dark side

  BY JACK BROWN  |   “Whitey’s Payback and Other True Stories: Gangsterism, Murder, Corruption and Revenge” (Mysterious:Press.com) is crime journalist T.J English’s sixth book. It includes a collection of stories published in Playboy, Newsweek and the Village Voice and on Daily Beast Blog. It continues English’s exploration of the pursuit of the American Dream by read more here »

‘Best of Punk’ packs a punch; Gabba gabba hey!

It might be a tad heavy, physically speaking, for summer beach reading, but “The Best of Punk Magazine” (HarperCollins, $30) is definitely a hot property. The 350-page, “coffee-table”-size book, which came out during last winter, was a labor of love for the East Village’s John Holmstrom. A cartoonist and writer, Holmstrom founded the iconoclastic Punk read more here »

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Poet riffs on life’s ironies in his ‘Divine Comedy’

BY LAEL HINES  |  “I got stabbed. It was no big deal, small deal, small deal, small deal. It was stupid. “I was working at this bookstore on St. Mark’s Place near Second Ave. on the south side of the street,” Ron Kolm recalled. “I was up behind the register and we used to get read more here »

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Hoping the scene isn’t beat — but it probably is

BY STEVEN WISHNIA  |  They recovered and reassembled the next afternoon for CBGB, pulling up on the Bowery at dusk. They barely recognized the block. In their time it had gone from winos drinking Night Train to crackheads smoking Red Tops; now it was yuppies drinking Grey Goose. The yuppies had conquered. They’d packed the read more here »

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New comics store is pretty sketchy — in a good way

The West Village recently welcomed Carmine Street Comics to the neighborhood. Co-owned by Mike Novo and Jonn Gorga, the city’s first comic book store that also houses an open comics studio. Every day, a different comic book illustrator sits at the storefront in a little “studio” of their own, and customers can commission them to read more here »

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Exploring L.E.S. Jewish history in all its facets

“Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side” is a three-volume anthology. The first volume was edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider. Volumes 2 and 3 were edited by Clayton Patterson. The first volume addresses the social history of Judaism in the neighborhood. The second and third volumes follow these threads into read more here »

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On the hunt for fame in the new land of the ‘like’

BY SARAH HERRINGTON  |  Royal Young’s entertaining debut memoir, “Fame Shark: Tales of a Lower East Side Hustler” (Heliotrope Books), reads like a New York City neighborhood: fast, gritty, hungry. Young’s roots run deep on the Lower East Side: His grandparents lived there and it’s where his artistic parents raised him and his younger brother. Yet read more here »

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Ex-G.V. Little Leaguer hits it out of the park with ‘Class A’

BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM  |  The literary world has been set quietly abuzz by Lucas Mann’s debut nonfiction work, “Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere.” Mann’s chronicle of the LumberKings, a minor league baseball team in Clinton, Iowa, has been hailed as “a revelation” by The Seattle Times, and, according to N.P.R., “offers a read more here »

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Peeling the layers of Tania Grossinger’s cocoon

By JERRY TALLMER  |  The last four words of the Skyhorse Publishing press release on Tania Grossinger’s new book, “Memoir of an Independent Woman; An Unconventional Life Well Lived,” are: “She lives in Manhattan.” It might more precisely say: “She lives in Greenwich Village, New York City, and has for all the 54 years since — read more here »

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When we were making ‘The Revolution of Every Day’

BY CARI LUNA  |  Steve stares out the bedroom window. It’s cold — no way to totally draft-proof hundred-some-year-old frames — but he doesn’t mind. He had the same kind of tired tenement window in his room as a kid, across the street and up the block a ways. The cold never stopped him from read more here »

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