Friday, October 22, 2021

River that Runs Both Ways

"I wonder whether, if aliens dropped down in their spaceship
 right now, right here, on this rooftop, and they looked out over all of New York, the Emerald City, the Promised Land, gleaming around us, would they think, 'What a piece of work is man,' or 'What a fucking piece of work is man'or would the aliens, in their infinite wisdom, with their intergalactic travel and their spaceships and their telekinesis and their superior intelligence, would they understand, would they know, that we are a river that runs both ways?"
Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Constant Lookout

"I I live in New York City, a fact that's really easy to forget. Every minute of every single day, something fantastic is happening here, and you have to be on the lookout for it, constantly. New York is--well, there's no other place like it, but it can take a lot of work to appreciate it."
Erin McHugh, One Good Deed

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Familiar New York

Columbia Univeristy (Pixabay)

"When she gets to the unmistakable expanse of Columbia, Ruby pushes open a metal gate and steps into the university grounds. It is familiar in the way so much of New York is familiar, the sprawling steps and imposing buildings having appeared in so many films and tv shows she has seen."
Jacqueline Bublitz, Before You Knew My Name