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Book Title: St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street|
The author of the book: Ada Calhoun
ISBN 13: 9780393240382
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 19.45 MB
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: November 2nd 2015
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A vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocks—the epicenter of American cool.
St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements. Here Frank O’Hara caroused, Emma Goldman plotted, and the Velvet Underground wailed. But every generation of miscreant denizens believes that their era, and no other, marked the street’s apex. This idiosyncratic work of reportage tells the many layered history of the street—from its beginnings as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear orchard to today’s hipster playground—organized around those pivotal moments when critics declared “St. Marks is dead.”
In a narrative enriched by hundreds of interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun profiles iconic characters from W. H. Auden to Abbie Hoffman, from Keith Haring to the Beastie Boys, among many others. She argues that St. Marks has variously been an elite address, an immigrants’ haven, a mafia warzone, a hippie paradise, and a backdrop to the film Kids—but it has always been a place that outsiders call home.
Read information about the authorJournalist Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Marks Is Dead (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), a 400-year history of the street she grew up on, and the forthcoming Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give (W.W. Norton & Co., May 2017), a memoir about marriage based on her popular essay for the New York Times "Modern Love" column.
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