Love Letters to New York

I found a great post on literary love letters to New York. Especially like this excerpt from one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

“The city lived in a sort of everyday present. It had no need to believe in itself as a London, or an Athens, or even a signifier of the New World, like a Sydney, or a Los Angeles. No, the city couldn’t care less about where it stood. He had seen a T-shirt once that said: NEW YORK FUCKIN’ CITY. As if it were the only place that ever existed and the only one that ever would. New York kept going forward precisely because it didn’t give a good goddamn about what it had left behind.”

I also enjoyed Underworld by Don Delillo

“Longing on a large scale is what makes history. This is just a kid with a local yearning but he is part of an assembling crowd, anonymous thousands off the buses and trains, people in narrow columns tramping over the swing bridge above the river, and even if they are not a migration or a revolution, some vast shaking of the soul, they bring with them the body heat of a great city and their own small reveries and desperations, the unseen something that haunts the day — men in fedoras and sailors on shore leave, the stray tumble of their thoughts, going to a game.”

And there’s of course countless songs about New York, my favorite ones being Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and New York, New York by Ryan Adams


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