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Elliott Carter’s Century Of Music

American composer Elliott Carter was born 100 years ago today in New York City. He’s lived in the same Greenwich Village apartment for six decades. And he’s still composing music — three new works were given world premieres this week. … Continue reading






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George Plimpton & The Paris Review

A cocktail party at George Plimpton’s apartment in 1963; Plimpton is seated at left. [Photo by Cornell Capa/Magnum Photos/NYT] Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter wrote a long essay in the NYT Book Review based on George, Being George, a new … Continue reading






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On the Street: What a Night – and Morning After

Bill Cunningham captured the excitement of history in the making on Election Night in New York, then he went back for a reality check the morning after. As these shots from his On the Street photo essay attest, New Yorkers … Continue reading






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‘A Bird on a Leash Is Not a Bird’

Philippe Petit balances on a wire stretched between the towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. [Source: NYT/Jean-Louis Blondeau/Polaris] A caller to On Point with Tom Ashbrook asked Philippe Petit if he wore some kind of belaying … Continue reading






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‘Born Without Earlids’: Tony Schwartz (1923-2008)

Media consultant Tony Schwartz died in New York June 15 at age 84. While he is best known for the legendary “daisy” TV ad that evoked nuclear madness in the 1964 Presidential election, I like to think of him as … Continue reading






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