One-minute review: Impressions of New York City by the well-known writer of children’s books and for The New Yorker magazine.
“The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island…. The greatest human concentrate on earth…but whose full measure will always remain illusive.”
“Mass hysteria is a terrible force, yet New Yorkers seem always to escape it by some tiny margin: they sit in stalled subways without claustrophobia, they extricate themselves from panic situations by some lucky wisecrack, they meet confusion and congestion with patience—a sort of perpetual muddling through.”
To be continued
Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson.
What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.