Jim Curley's Blog Posts Tagged 'Literature' (3)

'Machine Made': A Second Look at Tammany Hall

In "Machine Made: Tammany Hall and The Creation of Modern American Politics," author Terry Golway doesn’t sugar-coat the negative aspects of a New York institution that flourished for about 100 years. What he does is swing the pendulum back from a crazy imbalance caused by…

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Added by Jim Curley on July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

'The Big Crowd' - When New York Was Irish



One of the joys of my early childhood was going with my family to the beaches of New York City, particularly Rockaway and Jacob Riis. Getting there was at least half the fun. We’d go over the George Washington Bridge, then…

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Added by Jim Curley on November 14, 2013 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

'Transatlantic' - A Voyage Worth Taking

I recently finished reading "Transatlantic," by Colm McCann. Several years ago, a friend gave me McCann's previous novel, "Let the Great World Spin." I hated it; didn't like the times, didn't like the setting or the subject (mid-1970s drug-infested New York City).

I Loved "Translatlantic." It is story of a family (specifically a grandmother, mother and…

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Added by Jim Curley on June 24, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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