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Old 09-18-2002, 12:18 PM   #1
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Talking Low Life history of NYC

if you're into nonfiction (specifically history & pop culture):
"Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York" by Luc Sante is excellent. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...956697-8396001
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Old 09-18-2002, 10:31 PM   #2
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the alienist

another book that gives an interesting profile of old new york is "the alienist" by caleb carr. its a novel dealing with innovations taking place in the investigation of serial killers at the turn of the century.
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Old 09-19-2002, 01:05 PM   #3
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The Gangs of New York , written at the turn of the last century is an entertaining history of the NYC gang scene in the 1700's - 1800's. Its written in an almost folklore vernacular which straddles the lines between truth and fiction.
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Old 09-19-2002, 01:32 PM   #4
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Ze, is that the one that is being made into a movie with Leonardo Di Caprio?
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Old 09-20-2002, 09:32 PM   #5
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Do they still let Leonardo act in movies?! There should be a law
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Old 09-22-2002, 12:21 AM   #6
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now, now... (a *little bit* off-topic; sorry)

Just because Leo made the mistake of taking part in a big block-buster flick (in which he wasn't bad) and then doing a teen-angst-fantasy flick (in which he was) doesn't negate the fact that he's a really gifted actor - check out "What's Eating Gilbert Grape", "Total Eclipse", "Marvin's Room" and "The Basketball Diaries" (which wasn't a great movie, but he was good in it). And the major mistake he made was letting his promotional people take the "teen heartthrob" thing seriously. That's not his gift. I bet (hope!) this movie will put him back on the map.
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Old 09-22-2002, 10:38 PM   #7
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I really do beg your pardon. It's just that....I suppose I'm...Oh, alright then, he's not all bad. (I did wince a bit when I said that, though). Although I think the only thing I ever saw him in was Growing Pains and how long ago was that? And that was rhetoric, don't answer.
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Old 09-23-2002, 12:13 AM   #8
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