"The New York Pop-Up Book" edited by Marie Salerno...

Editor's Choice

January 09, 2000|By Michael Pakenham

"The New York Pop-Up Book" edited by Marie Salerno, consulting editor Arthur Gelb (Universe Publishing, $39.95)

This spectacularly outrageous piece of pure fun and stiletto wit will either delight or appall. Bits and pieces of this pop-up to end all pop-ups have been contributed by an astonishing array of mostly New Yorkers, including E.L. Doctorow, Tom Wolfe, Red Grooms, Betty Comden, Wynton Marsalis, Jules Feiffer, Wendy Wasserstein, Al Hirshchfeld. And others, others, others. It's full of tricks, pull-outs, cards, elaborate architectural pop-ups. But it also has genuinely affectionate, informative, provocative little essays and reflections by fine minds and cheerful spirits.

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