Sara Astruc's Perfect Way

NEW YORK DIARIES: 1609 to 2009
Featuring "Requiem" by Sara Astruc for October 9.

486 pages. Modern Library.
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Accidental authors capture city's past, present in historic snapshots
"Sara Astruc, an online diarist, left New York after Sept. 11, 2001, and now lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her piece titled “Requiem,” from Oct. 9, 2001, begins: “Four in the morning. I didn’t sleep. The dreams are strong, vivid, of frozen people and terror. I’ve mostly stopped crying, except late at night in the tub with the water running so the neighbors don’t hear. The neighbor whose bedroom backs up to mine doesn’t meet my eyes anymore.""

A City Portrayed by Diarists Who Had Their Own Problems
"Beauvoir’s unrequited love for marijuana is among the highlights of “New York Diaries: 1609-2009,” which is the most convivial and unorthodox history of New York City one is likely to come across."

From Andy Warhol to Mark Twain, 400 Years of New York Diaries
"At its heart, however, the collection exudes a certain unflinching quality of the city, unshakable solid ground that stands tenacious beneath the tempestuous weather patterns of great wars and great loves and great losses that swirl over."

12.01.26 USA TODAY
What I'm reading: 'New York Diaries'
"My current non-fiction choice? The fascinating New York Diaries..."

12.01.23 SLATE
From Astor Parties to Plimpton Parties: New York City Diaries
"New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009, published earlier this month, selectively collects four centuries of diary entries written in New York City and arranges them according to date, moving through the calendar one day at a time while jumping, on almost every page, across centuries."

12.01.03 NPR
'Diaries' Reveals New York Through The Ages
"As a bulwark against the January glums, the voices from the past we hear in these entries reassure us that we're all part of a great cosmic parade, that restlessness and self-doubt have always been a constant of the human condition, and that tourists have been getting ripped off by New Yorkers ever since Henry Hudson stepped ashore in 1609."

Many thanks to Laura Goldin at Random House, and the TMB Foundation.




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