A collection unashamed to be called 'contemporary proletarian literature'. The energy and emotions within these stories are of the people, the workers who make the City run. But this book's scope also reaches into the asphalt itself and the mountains above--heralding the heartbeat of the land mass beneath us, acting as both oracle and protagonist. It brings to life the people who provide the soundtrack, the color, the breadth: those who thrive and those who perish in New York's wake. Here is a love song to reality, mourning the anguish and championing the everyday. Preface is by historian Paul Buhle.