Tough it Out

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The cost of living in New York keeps climbing. How is that affecting the city's full-time artists? We look into whether staying in New York is worth the struggle. Also: James Lipton reveals the best – and worst – moments of "Inside the Actors Studio." Jim Knipfel on his latest novel. Plus, how British and American individualism has shaped the modern world.

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Jim Knipfel and James Lipton

NYC Artists: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

As rents keep rising, New York is an increasingly difficult place to be a working artist --- let alone an aging working artist. We look into the pros and cons of staying and toughing it out, for artists of all ages. Artist Estelle Levy has decided to stay, while artist ...

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James Lipton: Best and Worst of "Inside the Actors Studio"

James Lipton recounts the best – and worst – moments of his 12 years hosting "Inside the Actors Studio." His new book is Inside Inside; Sidney Lumet says that "Lipton knows an awful lot about acting and all of it is in this book."

Inside Inside is available for purchase ...

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Jim Knipfel: Noogie’s Time to Shine

Jim Knipfel’s new novel, Noogie’s Time to Shine, is about a friendless ATM re-stocker and repairman who steals close to $5 million in $20 bills before going on a road trip with his cat, Dillinger.

Noogie’s Time to Shine is available for purchase at


How British and American Individualism Shaped the Modern World

Foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead says that British and American emphasis on individualism has allowed those countries to gain unprecedented power and prestige over the last few centuries. His new book is God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World.

God and Gold is available ...

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