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Suzannah B. Troy speaks with Clayton Patterson about the books
"Jews: A People's History Of The Lower East Side"
Conversation on February 13, 2013 | 21:28 min

PLOT: JEWS, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE is a three volume anthology edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider. The first volume addresses the social history of Judaism in the neighborhood. The second and third volumes follow these threads into modern culture, examining contributions to art, business, and community in downtown New York. Compiling more than 150 chapters contributed by an international host of writers, these three volumes investigate individuals, movements, and institutions that have impacted the city, the country, and the entire planet.

With respect to the vast history and cultural diversity that makes up the Jewish experience on the Lower East Side, the editors have engaged an equally vast group of essayists. Contributors include historians, neighborhood preservationist

“Allen Ginsberg’s Ideal Society”

“Architecture of the Jewish Ghetto”

“Barney Rosset: Outsider on the Inside”

“Early Communitarian Experiments on the Lower East Side:
Social Reform Practices in New York City During the Gilded Age”

ldquo;Emma Goldman — First Slum Goddess of the Lower East Side”
“Jewish Boxing in the Lower East Side”

“June Leaf, Hands at War”

“Public Baths on the Lower East Side”

“Reflections [on Philip Glass]”

“Tuli Kupferberg: The Meaning of the Jew in the Dictionary of Anarchism”

JEWS, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE is a one-of-a-kind document, with a depth and understanding that spans more than two hundred years. A true people’s history, the text allows a huge cross section of thinkers to articulate their experience and knowledge, .... more

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ABOUT CLAYTON PATTERSON, born October 9, 1948, in Calgary, Canada. Studies of art and design at various universities. Since moving to New York City in 1979, his work has focused almost exclusively on documenting the art, life and times of the Lower East Side [LES] in Manhattan. Fights against the injustice of state-authorities. In 1994 he organized the first NO!art show in his gallery after 20 NO!years. Took part in the NO!art-box multiple at Edition Hundertmark 1996, and in the NO!art-show at Janos Gat Gallery in New York in 1998. Works as Documentary-, Libertarian-, and Tattoo-artist in New York together with his wife Elsa Rensaa and various social groups. Owns and runs the most voluminous and important NO!art video-archive. Lives in New York and leads the NO!art headquarters west. more

ABOUT SUZANNAH B. TROY: Passionate letters published in The Financial Times re: Lucien Freud, my art and women's issues, The Wall St. Journal"Betrayal at Ground Zero", The Chief, The New York Times (9),Crains "NYU's Logo should be a dorm with a dollar", The New York Sun, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Metro, AMNY, The Village Voice "Carbon Copy" letter of the week, Newsday, Jerusalem Post, my blog mentioned New York Mag Intelligencer neighborhood watch. Got speed bumps for Anna Silver School & doors for women's bathroom Tompkins. Donated my white blood cells twice to help a little girl fight Non-Hodgkins & man w/Lymphoma. Two hour process & you can only do it 12 x in your life. Too worn out to donate now. Way back Liz Smith mentioned me & my favorite zen quote "Live each moment as if your hair is on fire." which means live in the moment like it is your last aka live life passionately! I am really proud to say I have run 2 New York City Marathons!!! Also to have done volunteer work with pre-school handicap children at Rusk. My short stories & poems are free podcasts in itunes store. more

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