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Steve Zeitlin

Place Coins: Contemplating an Alternate Currency for the Value of Place

As preservationists, we sometimes speak metaphorically about “cultural capital” and “social currency.” But what if there were an actual currency of memory and meaning to prevent places with deep roots in a community to be sold or displaced. What if memories, associations, and values were transformed into units of meaningful exchange?

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Steve Zeitlin

Me and You and All of Us

Me and You and All of Us is a book review of a wonderful new book of poems and stories describing life in a Catskills community with its eccentric personalities along route 17.

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Steve Zeitlin

The Best Book Group in New York

OK, maybe we’re not the “best book group” in all New York.  But back in 2004, author Wayne Barrett nominated us to the Village Voice’s annual “Best Of” list, and so the name Best Book Group (BBG) stuck.

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The Dead Among My Phone Contacts

My phone is filling up with the dead.

My friend Michael died last week, barely two months after being diagnosed with cancer. To him, as to my other dead, I owe a debt of memory. Part of this debt is that it is utterly inconceivable for me ever to delete him from the contacts on my cell.

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