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Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America
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 multipl ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published August 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published August 4th 2003)
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I really liked reading this every morning on the 7 train. Everything that I was reading about people living in Queens meshed nicely with those around me. I became more open to the lives of others and the struggle that they faced leaving their country and living in Queens. There were stories that stick with me more such as the Egyptian restaurant owners, the Colombian gay couple's story and the exotic dancer from Vietnam. The structure looks a little daunting to read, but once you get started, it ...more
This is not the kind of book I generally read, but it was so well done. I was intrigued because it is a collection of oral histories of recent immigrants who came to Queens, where I grew up and still spend time visiting my family. Evocative, heart-felt, and beautifully designed. It is the kind of book to savor a little bit at a time, which is why it took me so long to read it.
Warren Lehrer is a writer and artist/designer known internationally as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. His work explores the vagaries and luminescence of character, the relationships between social structures and the individual, and the pathos and absurdity of life. His books are acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storyt ...more
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