Synopses & Reviews
A kaleidoscopic view of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, New York the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. For three years, Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan traveled the world by trekking the streets of their home borough. This book (and its companion audio CD) documents the people they encountered along the way. First person narratives are illuminated by strikingly direct photographic portraits of the subjects alongside the objects of their worlds. Lehrers postmodern, Talmudic design juxtaposes the multiple perspectives of these new Americans, now thrown together as neighbors, classmates, coworkers, enemies, and friends. They reflect on the good, the ugly and the unexpected in their stories of crossing oceans, borders, wars, economic hardship, and cultural divides. These soulful narratives are put in context by the authors personal and historical observations. The voices, images and sounds collected here form a portrait of a paradoxical and ever-shifting America.
"Crossing reveals the impact of changes in immigration law through the oral
histories of asylum seekers caught in the maze of mandatory detention,
refugees fleeing war and persecution, and those who are pushed out of their
countries struggling to recreate their lives. The significance of this
extraordinary volume is that, ready or not, it provides a glimpse of the new
America which is emerging."
Ron Daniels Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
About the Author
Award winning writer, designer and photographer Warren Lehrer, and actress,
writer and oral historian Judith Sloan a married couple live in Queens
where they co-founded EarSay, a non-profit arts organization. Their
multimedia projects portray lives of the uncelebrated, bridging the divide
between documentary and expressive forms. As part of this project they
produced Crossing the BLVD
documentaries for New York Public Radio.
Clothbound book includes an audio CD where speech becomes music and music
becomes speech. The nineteen tracks feature original music compositions by
Scott Johnson, original text-based audio compositions by Judith Sloan and
Warren Lehrer, and recordings of Crossing the BLVD musicians including Gogol