Despite the changing face of the city, we are still surrounded by old-time New York—it's just a matter of knowing where to look for it. Mitch Broder made the search for old, vintage New York—its restaurants, shops, delis, bars and more—his personal mission. Now he's written a book, Discovering Vintage New York, as a guide to your very own search for old New York! Find out where the classic New York experiences live on in the city of today! From the well-known (Katz's Deli, Caffe Reggio) to the obscure, you'll discover joys of vintage New York—in all its eccentricities, tastes, and charms! Moderated by award winning writer, essayist and commentator, Adam Gopnik! For decades, politicians and business leaders alike told the American public that today's challenge was growing the economy, and that environmental protection could be left to future generations. Now in the wake of billions of dollars in costs associated with coastal devastation from Hurricane Sandy, rampant wildfires across the West, and groundwater contamination from reckless drilling, it's becoming increasingly clear that yesterday's carefree attitude about the environment has morphed into a fiscal crisis of epic proportions.
Amy Larkin has been at the forefront of the fight for the environment for years, and in Environmental Debt she argues that the costs of global warming, extreme weather, pollution and other forms of "environmental debt" are wreaking havoc on the economy. Synthesizing complex ideas, she pulls back the curtain on some of the biggest cultural touchstones of the environmental debate, revealing how, for instance, despite coal's relative fame as a "cheap" energy source, ordinary Americans pay $350 billion a year for coal's damage in business related expenses, polluted watersheds, and in healthcare costs. And the problem stretches far beyond our borders: deforestation from twenty years ago in Thailand caused catastrophic flooding in 2011, and cost Toyota 3.4 percent of its annual production while causing tens of thousands of workers to lose jobs in three different countries.
Provocative and hard-hitting, Environmental Debt sweeps aside the false choices of today's environmental debate, and shows how to revitalize the economy through nature's bounty.
Elizabeth Kendall, author of Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer, looks into George Balanchine's family history, finding a volatile and occasionally privileged childhood.
Elizabeth Kendall is an Associate Professor of Literary Studies at the New School. The author of several books, she has also written for the New Yorker, Vogue, Ballet News, Dance Magazine, the New York Times, Elle, the New Republic and other journals.
Gary Shteyngart was one of the first people in New York to get Google Glass. He writes,
On February 23, 2013, I entered a Twitter contest run by Google to pick the first batch of Glass Explorers with the following tweet: "#ifihadglass I could dream up new ideas for the TV adaptation of my novel Super Sad True Love Story." This was not quite as technically precise and inventive as some geek named Noah Zerkin's entry: "#ifihadglass I'd pair it with biofeedback sensors for self monitoring and uploading telemetry with pictures triggered by spikes in the data." But, about a month later, @googleglass responded: "@Shteyngart You're invited to join our #glassexplorers program. Woohoo!"
Shteyngart was instructed to wear Google Glass for only an hour a day for the first week, so that he could adjust slowly. But he wore it constantly: "I sometimes feel nauseous ... and sometimes there's a sharp pain, like a kidney stone ... but I think that's just a part of the fun of having new technology," he said. In this video, Shteyngart discusses his experience, visits his favorite bar and his psychoanalyst's office, and walks his dog, Felix, all while wearing his Glass.
The Washington Post announced on Monday the paper had been sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Bezos, one of the world's wealthiest men, now controls one of the most powerful newspapers in the country. Some critics of the sale have cited Bezos' close ties to the U.S. government. In 2010, Amazon pulled the plug on hosting the WikiLeaks website under heavy political pressure. Earlier this year, Amazon inked a $600 million cloud computing deal with the CIA. Independent booksellers and publishers have also long complained about Amazon's business practices.
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Democracy Now! hosts a roundtable on the history of Amazon and the future of the newspaper industry. "Monopoly newspapers, especially The Washington Post in the nation's capital, while it might not be a commercially viable undertaking, it still has tremendous political power," says Robert McChesney, co-founder of Free Press, "a plaything for these billionaires that they can then use aggressively to promote their own politics." Media critic Jeff Cohen notes that while the Washington Post notably published reports on Watergate and the Pentagon Papers decades ago, he thinks concerns that Bezos will ruin their journalistic tradition is unfounded, saying that in recent years, "The Washington Post has really been the newspaper of the bipartisan consensus." We also speak to Dennis Johnson, publisher of Melville Books. "Amazon is a company that feels no pain. They've, as far as I can tell, never made money. ... So, when you see him taking over the Washington Post and you wonder is he going to be able to monetize it, is he going to make it profitable, he probably doesn't care," Johnson says.