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This week's Village Voice offers a fairly epic treatise on how to be a New Yorker, a modern update to a 1964 book of the same name. An excerpt: "In some ways, New York is the Madonna (Ciccone, not the Virgin) of cities, constantly re-envisioning itself—sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, and always in a way that draws a crowd of people who follow their city's lead and reimagine themselves as well. 'What's new,"'says NYU professor of English Bryan Waterman, 'is the rate at which the old is being wiped away and replaced with this homogenized reality with a really high entry point.'" [Village Voice]