Boris Fishman

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  • Chekhov: Stories For Our Time

    Chekhov: Stories For Our Time
    Introduction by Boris Fishman

  • The Master & Margarita

    The Master & Margarita
    Foreword by Boris Fishman

  • Russia

    Russia: Beyond Utopia
    Photographs by Andrew Moore
    Foreword by Boris Fishman

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  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared

    Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared
    U. S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
    Boris Fishman, Minority Report Editor

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  • The Subway Chronicles

    The Subway Chronicles: Scenes From Life in New York
    Metro Blues, or How I Came to America, by Boris Fishman

  • Publishers Weekly
    Here is a delightful collection of New York stories by veteran straphangers—both known and unknown—dedicated to that amazing underground network. Along with expected accounts of the unsavory run-ins with weirdoes and stink bombs during the usual subway commute (e.g., Daniels Parseliti’s “Porno Man and I Versus the Feminist Avenger and Displaced Anger Man”), many of these authors offer poignant memories of riding the trains over the years, such as Jonathan Lethem’s account of haunting the eponymous station in “Speak, Hoyt-Schermerhorn” as a white, liberal-middle-class kid immersed in a fringe area of crime and poverty. “Parnassus Underground” by Patrick Flynn recalls joyfully the meaty reading the author was able to accomplish during long workday commutes from the Bronx, before he moved and (to his literary despair) shortened his travel time. Robert Lanham’s “Straphanger Doppelgänger” records the chilling encounter between two commuters of uncanny resemblance who have observed each other over a long period. Most gratifying are the historical details worked into many of the essays, such as the comparison between Russian and New York underground railroads as noted by Boris Fishman in “Metro Blues, or How I Came to America.” This is a clever collection gathered by Cangro from her Web site, thesubwaychronicles.com.

Published
October 25, 2005