In a time like the present, three young people dream of the fabulous ruins of a decaying city somewhere in the distant future: the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward.
"Not buying it."
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at. Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick.
"Compelling with many great ideas & proposals!"
White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation’s diverse cultural reality, a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious.
"Heavier than anticipated"
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America. Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: A revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.
"A Multifaceted Gem"
Meet "Carrie", the quintessential young writer looking for love in all the wrong places; "Mr. Big", the business tycoon who drifts from one relationship to another; "Samantha Jones", the 40-ish, successful, "testosterone woman" who uses sex like a man; not to mention "Psycho Moms", "Bicycle Boys", "International Crazy Girls", and the rest of the New Yorkers who inspired one of the most watched TV series of our time. You've seen them on HBO, now listen to the book that started it all.
Just minutes after checking into a hotel in Colonia Roma, an eclectic bohemian neighborhood of cafes, galleries and plazas, I head out into this confounding city, to see it on foot, from the ground, to touch it and smell it.
Cati, the bold Watcher readers met in The Navigator, returns from the shadows of time to summon Owen and Dr. Diamond, for time is literally running out. The moon is coming closer to the earth, causing havoc with weather, tides, and other natural cycles; people fear the world will end. To discover what's gone wrong, Cati, Owen, and the Doctor must take an astonishing journey to the City of Time, where time is bought and sold. There, Owen begins to understand his great responsibility and power as the Navigator.
Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel.
"Didn't want it to end"
On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.
"A good read"
"Laser Scans Unveil a Network of Ancient Cities in Cambodia" is from the September 19, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Julia Wallace and narrated by Kristi Burns.
Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant, Kai, goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction, and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai but for whole worlds. Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
"A Haitian City Was Finally Prospering. Then Came Hurricane Matthew" is from the October 10, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Azam Ahmed and narrated by Corey M. Snow.
President Donald Trump’s plan to deport millions of people appears to be underway. Last week, federal immigration officials arrested more than 600 people at their homes and workplaces in at least 11 states, sending terror through immigrant communities.
"Sanctuary Cities in Name Only" is from the February 14, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Shakeer Rahman and Robin Steinberg and narrated by Kristi Burns.
A vast, boxy customs center acts as a busy island of commerce deep in central China.
Government officers, in sharply pressed uniforms, race around a maze of wooden pallets piled high with boxes — counting, weighing, scanning and approving shipments. Unmarked trucks stretch for more than a mile awaiting the next load headed for Beijing, New York, London and dozens of other destinations.
The Metropolitan Correctional Center, the rust-colored fortress in Lower Manhattan where hundreds of federal inmates are housed, was described as less hospitable than Guantánamo Bay by one inmate who had been incarcerated at both. The highest risk half-dozen inmates — or at least the ones facing the most severe charges — are housed in conditions so isolating that some have blamed them for deteriorating eyesight.
The Mexicable, a seven-stop line that runs just over three miles through a furrow of poor hillside neighborhoods, is part of a growing constellation of cable cars around Latin America that links marginalized communities to their cities’ metropolitan hearts.
"Near Mexico City, Cable Car Lets Commuters Glide Over Traffic" is from the December 28, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Victoria Burnett and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
The Syrian civil war has left nearly a half-million people dead, displaced millions more and turned its largest city, Aleppo, into an open-air slaughterhouse.
"The Ancient Syrian City ISIS Is Destroying, Preserved Online" is from the February 16, 2017 Arts section of The New York Times. It was written by Jason Farago and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
"Damascus Diary: A City Filled With Life, and Hints of Brutal Death" is from the November 21, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Anne Barnard and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"For a Welsh City, the Tides Offer Renewal" is from the November 17, 2016 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Stanley Reed and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"Taiwan City Planning a Makeover Says the Trump Organization Showed Interest" is from the December 04, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Michael Forsythe and narrated by Kristi Burns.