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About the Author

Timothy Speed Levitch descends from immigrants who passed through Ellis Island at the turn-of-the-century. A writer, tour guide, and actor, Levitch has performed in films such as The Cruise and Waking Life. His short film entitled Live From Shiva's Dance Floor won a special jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. His walking tour of Wall Street was published in The Outlaw Bible of American Essays and several of his walking tours of New York neighborhoods are collected in the book, Speedology. Levitch has also designed tours in San Francisco, Chicago and Kansas City. Speed's tours are as much about a city and its history as they are about human problems of intimacy and psychology.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marsilio (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8895836162
  • ISBN-13: 978-8895836164
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy "Speed" Levitch (born 1970) is an actor, tour guide, speaker, author and voice actor. The name "Speed" was given to him by a childhood friend in high school. Levitch has appeared in multiple films and has had his poetic and philosophical works published in books and periodicals.

Levitch was born July 9, 1970 in New York City. Along with his older brother and younger sister, he grew up in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, where he attended the Horace Mann School. When he was twelve, his parents got a house in Westchester County, New York and he was briefly a suburbanite. He longed to return to New York City and eventually he did, graduating from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 1992.

In 1992 he received his tour guide license from the Central Park Conservancy. He later took a position with Apple and Gray Line Tours as a tour bus guide. He soon attracted a cult following, due not only to his fast talking style, but also for his obvious love of his native city and passionate philosophical ideas.

Levitch's fame was spread beyond NYC when Oscar winning Director, Bennett Miller, made Speed the subject of the 1998 documentary The Cruise.

Works to Date:

The Cruise (1998), as himself.
Waking Life (2001), as himself.
Scotland, PA (2001), Hector. (Hippie #2)
School of Rock (2003), Waiter.
Live from Shiva's Dance Floor (2003), as himself.
Weezer: Video Capture Device (2004), as himself.
Stroker and Hoop (2004) TV Series (voice), Hoop. (credited as Speed Levitch)
Xavier: Renegade Angel (2007) (voice), Puggler, the Punk Rock Juggler. (credited as Speed Levitch)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EvanC on September 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Blows conventional travel guides out of the water! I fell in love with New York: The Pegleg just reading the description. With any luck, Levitch's work will become the standard for travel guides!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By majdal on September 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book/game is awesome. I love how I was able to learn all of those intimate details about the big city that are difficult to get otherwise. The best part is that playing the game *requires* you to pay attention to the details of your surroundings in order to solve each enigma. I hear the iPhone app version of the book is great as well, but it depends on the experience that you want from the product. The iPhone app gives a more rapid, social experience, while the book gives a cultural one.

In any case, the book is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Wieland on September 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn about NYC in a fun and unconventional way you MUST buy this book. This experience has been great to me, I have been able to travel through the city and learn all sorts of things about it. I must confess that after NYC every time I want to visit a new city I go search if I can find a WhaiWhai guide.

Definitely recommended.
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