E.B. White’s essay, written during a heat wave in the summer of 1948, is really remarkable: well written, eloquent, a bit on the nostalgic side (he wrote it from a NYC hotel on a visit, having moved from New York to live in Maine), smooth, sweet, and rather prescient.
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Summary: -All of the New York people are interconnected -Sees Fred Stone, only inches away -Does not attend heavily touristy events -The city takes in anyone that comes in -Explains the role of the three New Yorkers-the man born there, the commuter, and the immigrant -Describes the role of the commuter -The city described as poetry -Confused at how the city still works with the millions of.
For book club this month we read E.B. White’s short novel (or essay, rather, coming in at just around 7,500 words), Here is New York. A beautiful piece on the city that I’d encourage every New Yorker, or anyone who has a love for New York, to read. Rather than do our usual book club discussion today, I’ve rounded up my favorite quotes from the book to share with you.
While reading through E.B. White’s “Here is New York,” I found myself agreeing to many of the points in which he discusses. Furthermore, as I read through it I noticed that I tended to compare many of his discussions to my everyday life as a New York resident.
From the 1949 gem Here Is New York (public library) — one of the best books about New York ever written, and undoubtedly one of the best books about anything — comes an exquisite articulation by E.B. White, who captures the singular mesmerism of Gotham and all the “enormous and violent and wonderful events that are taking place every minute.”.
E. B. White’s most important literary influence was Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden: Or, Life in the Woods (1854), the only book White really cared about owning. The influence of Thoreau.