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The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
Book Review
March 20, 2021

“A lovely collection of blog posts about all the hidden stuff in your city. Why lampposts are shaped the way they are. Why manhole covers are round. What the markings on sidewalks mean. It’s a great…”

740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building
Book Review
January 5, 2014

“I bailed out on this book at exactly the halfway point (50% on the nose, according to my Kindle). I had such high hopes, but the book was essentially just a recitation of the lives of the people who…”

Empire: A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and the Battle for an American Icon
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Book Review
August 7, 2022

“Apparently, no one knew who actually owned The Empire State Building for a period of years, back in the 90s. A Japanese billionaire had bought it at a cheap price, because it was saddled with a really…”

Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live
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Book Review
December 31, 2017

“Incredible oral history of Saturday Night Live. There’s no actual narrative to this book – the entire thing is just a series of anecdotes told by cast members, writers, occasional hosts, and others. I…”

Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure
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Book Review
September 14, 2016

“This is an extremely short book (like, 100 small pages with lots and lots of pictures). Start to finish, it might take you 30 minutes. It’s more of a handbook of the different physical markers you…”

Primates of Park Avenue
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June 27, 2015

“I read this book for the pure titillation level, because I’m fascinated by high society in general and New York culture in particular. And the book delivered on that level – there are some horrifying…”