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Hi, I'm Jami Attenberg. I write books, and much, much more. My fourth book, The Middlesteins, came out in 2012. You can order it here or here. My fifth book, Saint Mazie, will be published in June 2015.

Also I like dogs and fighting crime.

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I’ve been working on a new novel. It spans several decades and begins in 1919. The other day someone suggested I watch “Boardwalk Empire” if I wanted to learn more about the Prohibition Era. But I don’t want to watch a modern day interpretation of that era. I want to view that time through the eyes of someone who saw it while it was happening.

I didn’t go to film school so forgive me about not knowing the existence of “Manhatta.” It was made in 1921, and this New York Times article proclaims it the first avante-garde film made in the U.S. The version I’ve linked to is shaky and dirty and smudgy but I don’t mind it, though I know film purists would object. Mostly I love the obsession the filmmaker had with smoke. There is even a climax of smoke near the end of the film. And I love how the buildings were so tall already. New Yorkers, always climbing over each other to get to the sky first.

My favorite line of text: “Where the city’s ceaseless crowd moves on, the live long day.”

  1. matthewgallaway said: This is 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 (100 trillion) x more interesting than BWE. Also really cool (but not set in NYC) is the Man with a Movie Camera.
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