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So what made the grade? There are treasures from John Cheever ("The Five-Forty-Eight"), James Thurber ("The Catbird Seat"), Maeve Brennan ("I See You, Bianca"), Isaac Bashevis Singer ("The Cafeteria"), Jamaica Kincaid ("Poor Visitor"), and many others. The uptown neighborhoods appear to be more generously represented--a token, perhaps, of the magazine's well-heeled, fur-bearing readership--but from early Updike to middle-period Tama Janowitz, there are plenty of excursions south of Fourteenth Street. It's not, however, a simple matter of geography, but a kind of urban metaphysics at work. There are numerous and overlapping New Yorks represented in this collection: you'll find John Cheever's postwar paradise cheek-by-jowl with Ann Beattie's yuppie stomping ground. Then there's James Stevenson's vision of a flooded Gotham:
We are on the roof now. I have no idea what time it is, but it is daylight. The lower buildings have been submerged, the tall office buildings stand like tombstones above the heaving waves. There are whitecaps toward Central Park. An ocean liner stood by the Pan Am building for a while, then moved out to sea.... The water is swirling around the skylights now. The wind shifts. The waves are coming straight in from the Atlantic.Even in this postapocalyptic setting, New York stubbornly remains itself. A wonderful town indeed--and a wonderful collection to celebrate it. --Anita Urquhart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this book with high expectations, and was sorely let down. These stories were LOUSY! Not entertaining, not funny, not wonderful.... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Everybody's a critic!
Story selection is varied and interesting. Works very well for a contemporary short story course. Stories lead to excellent discussions.Published 10 months ago by Barbara Shulman
A wonderful assortment of classical stories published in The New Yorker over time--one per author. A good read and a good addition to any personal library.Published 16 months ago by E. Lewis
I'm not a book critic, just a college student and had to read some stories from this book for class. Read morePublished on October 17, 2005 by Lora Ann
new york stories ? good. from the new yorker ? even better ! salinger, singer, bellow, updike and more, nice collection, really... Read morePublished on September 1, 2000
I felt the need to amend my previous review. First of all, the Salinger story isn't at all a goldmine. Read morePublished on June 15, 2000 by S. Perkal