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It’s a question I find myself asking every summer. Here’s this year’s answer:

Cyrus and I are both away this week with limited ability to post. If you want to get a leg up on something, though, I’m re-reading Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City over the next couple weeks and am toying with the idea of an online discussion. Sound like something you’d be into?

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I’m one of those lady teachers,
A beautiful hostess you know,
The kind the Palace features
At exactly a dime a throw.

That’s how Rodgers and Hart immortalized the Taxi Dance craze of the 20s and 30s. Taxi dances and other bits of detritus from New York’s past will be the subject of tomorrow night’s Tenement Talk at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The featured speaker is David Freeland, whose book Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville was reviewed and excerpted in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend. Grieve posted excerpts of the excerpt here. You can catch more of Freeland’s New York stories at his blog,

The talk starts at 6:30 tomorrow night (8/11); RSVP from the museum’s website.


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