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If You Can Make It Here: Art and Artists in New York City
There’s a dark side to every New York fairy tale, especially when the complicated lives of artists are at the center. Stories of desire and destruction, of ambition and aspiration, of creativity and commerce. Adam Gopnik remembers his first years in the city and the art world of the 1980s in the new book of essays, At the Stranger’s Gate: Arrivals in New York. In Jami Attenberg’s new novel All Grown Up, narrator Andrea Bern is at a crossroads, having left her hard-drinking, struggling artist days behind but also not ready—or wanting—to go the marriage and babies route. Mel and Sharon, best friends and artistic partners, find their relationship tested when they begin to find commercial success in Kayla Rae Whitaker’s debut novel The Animators. With moderator Maris Kreizman, editorial director at Book of the Month.