The Casual Optimist

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October 26, 2015
by Dan
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Love Among the Ruins

At the New York Times, Edmund White examines our enduring fascination with the New York of the 1970s: Recently there’s been, in TV and film and certainly in books, an intense yearning for a specific five-year period in New York City, … Continue reading

October 30, 2013
by Dan
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Luc Sante on Lou Reed (1942 – 2013)

I wasn’t going to say anything about the death of Lou Reed — what is there to say? Like so many people, I discovered his music in my teens and was just as thrilled and confused by The Velvet Underground … Continue reading

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