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Gone to New York

Adventures in the City

Ian Frazier; Foreword by Jamaica Kincaid

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Welcome to Ian Frazier's New York, a city more downtown than up, where every block is an event, and where the denizens are larger than life. Meet landlord extraordinaire Zvi Hugo Segal, and the man who climbed the World Trade Center, and an eighty-three-year-old typewriter repairman whose shop on Fulton Street has drawers full of umlauts. Learn the location of Manhattan's antipodes, and meander the length of Route 3 to New Jersey.

Like his literary forbears Joseph Mitchell and A.J. Liebling, Frazier, in his bewitching, inimitable voice, makes us fall in love with America's greatest city all over again, the way he did, arriving as a young man from Hudson, Ohio. In classic evocations of the F train, Canal Street, and Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and in his iconic "Bags in Trees" essay, Frazier gives us New York again, in all its vital and human multiplicity.

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Gone to New York
ANTIPODESIf you drilled a hole straight through the earth, starting at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Forty-second Street, you would pass through ten inches of pavement, four feet of pipes, thirty-five feet of Seventh Avenue subway, about twenty-two hundred miles of rock, about thirty-six hundred miles of nickel-iron core, and then another twenty-two hundred miles of rock. You would come out in the Indian Ocean, 106°3' east longitude and 40°45' south latitude, about three hundred miles off the southwest coast of Australia. You would have reached Manhattan's antipodes,
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"A bewitching display of book learning and chance experience, of awe and laughter . . . This is found journalism, unexpected and authentic." --Charles Trueheart, The Washington Post

"Extraordinary ... One thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Mathiessen, and Evan S. Connell." --Ron Hansen, The Washington Post Book World

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ian Frazier; Foreword by Jamaica Kincaid

  • Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish's Eye, On the Rez, Family, as well as Coyote v. Acme and Dating Your Mom. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
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  • Jamaica Kincaid Copyright Kenneth Noland
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Gone to New York

Adventures in the City

Ian Frazier; Foreword by Jamaica Kincaid

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