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Some of ya’ll might remember a book called Sidewalk (2000), by sociologist Mitchell Daunier with photogaphs by Ovie Carter, about the lives and travails of those who sell on the street for a living. (Included among whose real-life characters is the indefatigable Hakim Hasan.) Some of ya’ll might remember a book called Money Has No Smell: The Africanization of New York City (2002) by anthropologist Paul Stoller, which also dealt with the lives of those who grind behind folding tables every day. (This subject was given greater poignancy due to the February 4, 1999 killing— by four members of NYPD’s then recently expanded Street Crimes Unit— of the unarmed Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo in front of his apartment at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Bronx.)

With the premier of The Vend Diagram, a documentary film by Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam (aka guerilla filmmakers Internets Celebrities), it’s time for some new memories— they’ll give you a great price on ‘em too. The Vend Diagram is the perfect complement to life, love, struggle, laughter and the difficulties of street vending in what some historians already refer to as the Fucked The Fuck Up Age of New York City. Don’t let the gilded lies of billionaire politicians and their cheaply bought property (aka City Council) confuse. The Vend Diagram has all the fresh flavor of just brewed drip coffee. Your husband will say, Christ, Sally, I used to think your coffee was only so-so. But now… wow! Safe when taken as directed. — Kenny Wisdom

See also,  Suzanne Wasserman: Historian & Filmmaker, in which another documentarian kindly spoke to WWIB publisher of shadow and light, Brian Berger.

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