One-minute review: Impressions of New York City by the well-known writer of children’s books and for
The New Yorker magazine.
“The subtlest change in
“All dwellers in cities must live with the stubborn fact of annihilation; in
“In a way it [an old willow tree] symbolizes the city: life under difficulties, growth against odds, sap-rise in the midst of concrete, and the steady reaching for the sun.”
Comment: The first two quotes are an eerie prophecy of 9/11 and who knows what else? The essay was published in 1948. RayS.
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.