Crossing the Blvd: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America

Crossing the Blvd: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America

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Crossing the Blvd: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America by Warren Lehrer, Judith Sloan, Judith Sloan

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 (and its companion audio CD) 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. Lehrer¹s 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. Clothbound book includes an audio CD where speech becomes music and music becomes speech featuring original music compositions by Scott Johnson, original text-based audio compositions by Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer. The Johnson/Sloan/Lehrer compositions cross the boundaries between music and speech, journalism and expressionism, tradition and the avant-garde.  Crossing the BLVD musicians are also featured,including Gogol Bordello.

About the authors:

Award winning writer, designer and photographer Warren Lehrer, and actress, writer, oral historian and audio artistJudith 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393057379
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/04/2003
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited by this book-how edgy, beautiful and daring it is. Such a slice of life, yet how much of this life do we really know about or experience? I felt that the immigrants who were interviewed were portrayed in a very affirming and respectful way, not how immigrants are often portrayed in our media as dusty, desperate and sketchy opportunists, or tragic, hopeless figures, or even exotic swans and gazelles who have thick accents. I love how educative this book is as well, not only presenting people from all over the world [many countries that are never heard of] but giving the reader the tools to understand where the country is, how it is placed on the map in relation to others, some background on policies and politics in that land, etc. A must read for anyone who cares about more than their front yard, and for the future of this country and this planet! Dignified, respectful, informed and affirming. Thank you for this gem to humanity-a true New York Story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about time someone took the time out to celebrate the people that make New York City the beautiful, wonderful place that it is. It's about time someone took the time out to celebrate Queens for the complex, intricate, deeply political, diverse and rich place that it is. It's about time that someone took the time out to illuminate the parts of this town where working people live and congregate and raise their children. This book is a celebration. It is rich with color and culture and compassion. It forces the reader to see immigrants as people, with talent, with kindness in their hearts and with the desire not only to survive but to live. Thank you Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer!!! You have done a great service to society.