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Glyn Vincent
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Glyn Vincent is a journalist, playwright, and author. His work has appeared in The New York Observer, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Art Journal and numerous other publications. He is the author of several plays and a biography of the American painter, Ralph A. Blakelock. He was a finalist for the 2007 National Magazine Award. He lives in New York City.

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Sharing a Mirage Economy

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 3:23 PM

It's pouring rain out during the morning rush hour and you're standing on a corner with your aging mother with no taxis in sight. So you press the Ubu icon on your new $600 iPhone and, magically, a shiny black car with a polite driver pulls up to the curb...

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Leadership: Real and Imagined

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Books about leadership tend, like self-help books, to deal in truisms, textbook terminology and a pious, sometimes naive idealism that makes you want to cry out in frustration: "Yes that sounds great on paper, but that's not the way it works in the real world!" In a world ruled by...

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Historians Step Behind The Plate

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:40 PM

In November, when an email alerted me to a talk at Columbia University about Jo Guldi and David Armitage's new book The History Manifesto, I practically ran through the cold rainy evening to get there on time. A manifesto about history today? In this...

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American Radicals Past and Present

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:49 AM

It took Linda Coleman 15 years to write her memoir Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary, a soul searching and gripping account of her involvement as a young woman with a violent left wing underground group in the 1970s.

Coleman's story begins in...

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The Streets of Istanbul

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 12:12 PM

ISTANBUL, TURKEY -- Walking the busy streets of Besiktas, a lively, upscale neighborhood in Istanbul, the other evening, I had the impression that the discord that so recently convulsed the city was over; there was little evidence that the protests that made headlines around the world had ever occurred. Life...

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Why Does the World Exist?

(52) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 8:04 PM

I am not a physicist or an astronomer, but the Big Bang theory contradicts my idea of common sense.

The beginning of the universe? Is it like a movie? We are sitting in a dark theater extending infinitely in all directions when suddenly the universe appears like an MGM...

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What's So Secret About Samuel Beckett

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 1:24 PM

"It is not easy to get through the ages from [a] self so estranged and one overdoes the lair." -- Samuel Beckett in a letter to Thomas MacGreevy 1956

Fame came late to Samuel Beckett. In 1950, Beckett at 44 was still an unheralded, Irish author...

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Interdependence Day 2011

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 4:56 PM

This weekend, the national media focus will be on the September 11 events at Ground Zero in New York City, as well as those commemorations being held in other parts of the country. While these memorials with their attendant partisan controversies and out-pouring of patriotism will hold most people's attention,...

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Tales From the Cockpit: Co-Pilot Tells All

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2010 | 1:24 PM

We've all read newsy accounts of airline captains' heroism and tragic incompetence this past year. But it's rare to get an actual glimpse of what's going on in the cockpit (except for those stuttering last- minute black box tapes) and what your captain was up to before he strapped himself...

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The Right to Be Heard

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 12:59 PM

Imagine this: In 2008, your fiancé is out on his bicycle and he gets stopped by the police for riding on the wrong side of the street. A database check turns up a deportation order in absentia that dates back to the 1980s that was supposed to have been resolved...

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Leaders Absent at Health Care Demonstration in Midtown

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2009 | 11:24 PM

On the day the Senate Finance Committee discussed Montana Senator Max Baucus' latest health care bill proposal on Capitol Hill, 150 protests against health insurance industry influence and profits took place across the country. I went to a protest held in midtown Manhattan.

On a scale of political demonstrations...

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What World Trade Center? What We Need is a Sheriff

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 4:31 PM

Friday is September 11th, a day that has become our national, annual moment of truth: "Has it really been that long?" we ask ourselves. "Are we any safer or better off?" "What have we accomplished?"

In New York City, all eyes turn to ground zero our symbolic barometer of...

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Can Art Keep You Out of Jail? Rikers Inmates and Alumni Exhibit Paintings

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 4:33 PM

Few inmates at Rikers Island jail could identify a Picasso or Matisse painting if it was hung in their cell. But the dozen or so young men who are lucky enough to attend Elizabeth Josephson's art class at the jail can not only identify the masters, many of them do...

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Nonprofits For Sale -- Scandal Envelops City Council

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2009 | 7:53 AM

How many fraudulent nonprofits can be spun on the point of a needle? The answer these days in New York City is, as many you want.

Miguel Martinez, who resigned as councilman on Tuesday, pleaded guilty on Thursday to three federal charges involving kick-backs and stealing $40,000 from a...

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Ken Burns Illuminates Jogger Case

(13) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 7:45 AM

It takes more than the truth, sometimes, to change the way people think about an event. It may require an award winning, investigative book, or a clear-eyed, hard-hitting documentary to trigger a change in perception. In the case of the Central Park jogger trial and its aftermath, which I wrote...

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Central Park Jogger Case: Forgotten Victims

(12) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM

One spring night, twenty years ago two tragedies occurred in Central Park. Trisha Meili, a white 28-year-old woman out for an evening jog, was raped, brutally beaten and left for dead. And five African American and Latino youths (aged 14 to 16) were picked up by the police, arrested and,...

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