March 2012

Push

A Novel of Hope and Sorrow in New York

You really have to admire Sapphire for her smarts in getting the movie based on her novel Push to be called called Precious Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. It's not really clear what led to this slightly verbose title, but it's very well deserved and I can't imagine it was an easy fight. I'm sure the film-indrustry executives that handled the negotiations couldn't have been thrilled about complicating their simple name “Precious” But the book Push was not simple, even if it was an almost iconic New York story.

The Works

I don't know if The Works: Anatomy of A City is for everyone but it is for anyone who has the slightest inclination to be an infrastructure nerd, or for that matter any New Yorker who has wondered “hey now how does that work?”