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New York: The Pegleg Paperback – September 13, 2011
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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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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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This amazing book is very good and nice for enjoy the city, it's a gorgeous product for marvelous moments in New York CityPublished on July 19, 2012 by Rosario
This is a collection of anecdotal short stories about some of the more fascinating places in Manhattan. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Kevin from Chicago