Is There Ever A Time To Leave New York?
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Date: Wednesday 27 December 2017, 12:00 AM
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If the most ubiquitous things in New York are its subway trains, then the experience of riding them can also be the most defining. You step on with a clear destination in mind (usually, at least), but the trip is always different. Panhandlers, delays, Showtime!, a mariachi band, total and complete silence, a too-loud conversation you can't help but eavesdrop on, a tourist asking for directions who somehow tells you their entire life story between Grand Street and West 4th. Only in New York, you think, before shaking your head and rejoining the masses. But what a strange adventure that was! A few years ago, everyone was reading and talking about Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, a collection of essays inspired by the titular Joan Didion piece about, well, loving and leaving New York. I bought a copy for my most New York friend before she left for Austin, but I couldn't bear to flip through its pages (as I usually do before handing over the books I buy for people). As a native of this city, I felt offended. Why would anybody want to leave? As if sensing my flinch, the editor, Sari Botton, published a follow-up a year later: Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. This one I bought for myself and held close. Finally, some gratification.
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