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As the New York Review of Books approached its 50th anniversary in 2013, editor Robert Silvers and his staff wondered if words were enough to honor one of the world's signature literary publications.The film is co-directed by Scorsese and David Tedeschi, who edited Scorsese's documentaries on Bob Dylan and George Harrison.The magazine was conceived late in 1962 during a Manhattan dinner conversation among four literary figures: Poet Robert Lowell and his wife, the critic Elizabeth Hardwick and Random House editor Jason Epstein and his wife, editor Barbara Epstein.Hardwick's editor at Harper's was Robert Silvers, and Jason Epstein phoned and asked if he would come co-edit the new publication with Barbara Epstein (who died in 2006).Some material in the Review has originated elsewhere. While Scorsese was working on the documentary, Silvers read the transcript of a talk sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture this time was on movies and Silvers thought it "very good".
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