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The magazine that is the city that is the world
Just in time for its fortieth anniversary, New York magazine presents a stunning collection of some of its best and most influential articles, stories that captured the spectacle, the turbulence, and the cultural realignments of the past four decades.
Covering subjects from “Radical Chic” to Gawker.com, written by some of the countrys most renowned authors, here are works that broke news, perfectly captured the moment, or set trends in motion. In New York Stories, Gloria Steinem (whose Ms. Magazine was introduced in New York) broaches the subject of womens liberation; Tom Wolfe coins “The Me Decade”; and Steve Fishman piercingly portrays the unwanted martyrdom of the 9/11 widows. Cutting edge features that invented terms like “brat pack” and “grup”; profiles of defining cultural figures including Joe Namath, Truman Capote, and long-shot presidential candidate Bill Clinton; and reports that inspired the acclaimed movies Saturday Night Fever, GoodFellas, and Grey Gardens-all are included in this one-of-a-kind compilation.
The writers who chronicled the times that began with Nixons campaign and end with Obamas are at their best in New York Stories. Its an irresistible anthology from a magazine that, like the city itself, is still making stars, setting standards, and going strong.
"In a delightful foreword, Tom Wolfe hits the ground running with a chronicle of New York Magazine's humble beginnings, as a supplement to The New York Herald Tribune, and its growth, at the hands of fearless editor Clay Felker, to rival the untouchable New Yorker. For the mag's 40th anniversary, the editors have collected some of its most memorable essays, including Mark Jacobsen's 1975 'Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet' (which loosely inspired the television show Taxi, Nik Cohn's Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night and, in turn, the film Saturday Night Fever), two Gloria Steinem essays (including her brilliant 1969 manifesto, 'After Black Power, Women's Lib'), and other articles from the likes of Jay McInerney, George Plimpton, Nora Ephron, Joe Klein, and current New York regulars Kurt Anderson and Emily Nussbaum. More recent favorites include Steve Fishman's 'The Dead Wives Club, or Char in Love,' about a group profile of Staten Island firemen's wives widowed on 9/11, and Mark Jacobson's 'The $2,000-an-Hour Woman,' a 2005 piece on 'America's No. 1 escort' (whose colleague would later bring down Gov. Eliot Spitzer). Highlights abound, including Wolfe's classic 1976 'The "Me" Decade,' which details the yuppy phenomenon's 'great religious wave' of narcissistic self-discovery for 'dreary little bastards' with money. A pleasure to read, this book will satisfy anyone wishing to reminisce about New York City and the birth of New Journalism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)