One-minute review: Impressions of New York City by the well-known writer of children’s books and for
The New Yorker magazine.
“On week ends in summer the town empties. I visit my office on a Saturday afternoon. No phone rings, no one feeds the hungry in-baskets, no one disturbs the papers; it is a building of the dead, a time of awesome suspension.”
“The collision and the intermingling of these millions of foreign-born people representing so many races, creeds and nationalities, make New York a permanent exhibit of the phenomenon of One World.”
“To a New Yorker, the city is both changeless and changing.”
“Men go to saloons to gaze at televised events instead of to think long thoughts.”
To be concluded.
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.