YORK DIARIES: 1609 to 2009
"Requiem" by Sara Astruc for October 9.
486 pages. Modern Library.
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Accidental authors capture city's past, present in
"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.""
12.01.19 THE NEW
A City Portrayed by Diarists Who Had Their Own
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."
12.01.06 THE ATLANTIC
From Andy Warhol to Mark Twain, 400 Years of New
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."
What I'm reading: 'New York Diaries'
"My current non-fiction choice? The fascinating New
From Astor Parties to Plimpton Parties: New York
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."
'Diaries' Reveals New York Through The Ages
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."
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Many thanks to Laura Goldin
House, and the TMB Foundation.
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