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Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America (Paperback)

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Description


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 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. Lehrer's 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.

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.

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.

Praise For…


This stunningly innovative book goes beyond pathos, into the kaleidoscope of experience that defines real immigrant life.
— Debbie Nathan - City Limits

One of the best books ever! Thank you for telling these stories.
— Faith Middleton - Faith Middleton Show, Connecticut Public Radio

A fascinating book....Filled with vivid descriptions and very human, powerful, poignant stories.
— Michael Krasny - Forum, KQED

An incredible, moving story...Oral history with a twist.
— Marco Werman - The World, BBC

Explodes the paradigms of oral history and reinterpreti[s] them for our multimedia century...
— Archivist Roundtable of New York: Winner, Innovative Use of Archive Award

Brims over with the energy, heart and spirit that went into creating this important work.
— Dave Isay, documentary radio artist, Ghetto Life 101, The Sunshine Hotel, Witness to an Execution

Boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. An electrifying collage of voices, faces, and spirits.
— Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

Brings alive the most polyglot place on the planet....An outstanding book on the new New York!
— John Kuo Wei Tchen, Historian, New York University, co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in the Americas

Fascinating.... this extraordinary volume...provides a glimpse of the new America which is emerging.
— Ron Daniels, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393324662
ISBN-10: 0393324664
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 17th, 2003
Language: English