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To the City, with Love Paperback – November 2, 2016
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About the Author
Steve Slavin has a PhD in economics from New York University, and taught economics for 31 years at New York Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College, and New Jersey’s Union County College. He has written 16 math and economics books. These include a widely used college textbook now in its eleventh edition, and the bestselling All the Math You’ll Ever Need. His short stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines.
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As a short story writer as well as a novelist, I enjoy reading short story collections. Steve Slavin’s collected literary stories which appear in this new volume speak volumes about the city of New York, past and present.
Usually volumes of short stories are slim books, not so here. This is a large collection of stories with many themes and teeming with individuals who represent the character of a unique city. It is beyond the scope of this review to discuss every story included in this collection. However, I will talk about several of them.
The book is broken into six separate sections with six separate themes. The very first story in the first section is entitled “The Prince of Sixth Avenue.” I have the impression that this is a faction story--that is a combination of actual fact and fiction. Steve Slavin as a grad student at NYU in the early 1960’s lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The characters he describes reflect the nature of the city. The setting itself is a major character and also well-described.
“Schwartz” is the second short story in the collection and humorously centers on the character of Schwartz, an eccentric artist/postal worker. In fact, many of the stories center on particular quirky characters. The Zaydeh (grandfather) stands out in the touching story “The Tenants’ Patrol.” The female characters are just as unique. In “Being Bonnie,” the reader is introduced to a young woman who is free and easy with her affections and flits from man to man. The singles scene is often presented in a way that would do justice to a Seinfeld episode. Slavin’s sense of humor is sharp, his intellect keen and observant. Sometimes there is a cynical edge to the stories, other times they drip sarcasm, but they are always clever and entertaining. Even the titles of the sections are intriguing.
I cannot do justice to this book in a brief commentary except to say that it is well-worth the price and then some. You will read it and then read it again. There is much here to contemplate.
Bernie Sanders and Steven Slavin shared an attic apartment while they were both students at Brooklyn College.
Bernie later transferred to the University of Chicago and moved to northern Vermont, went into politics, and the rest is history.
Steve went on to a distinguished career as a college professor of Economics and prolific writer of Economics text books.
This book is something different.
A charming compilation of well written short stories of Madison High school in Flatbush, and man about town in New York.
One suspects mostly autobiographical, or nearly so, historical fiction, maybe not so much fiction.
I would certainly highly recommend this book to everyone who voted for Bernie Sanders, and just as much to those
who voted for Hillary, and maybe even Donald.
The stories are highly readable, full of nostalgia of the old days in the Madison are of Flatbush and in New York generally,
If you looking for a good read about the old days in Brooklyn and New York, great memories, you must buy and read this book.
If you attended P.S. 197, James Madison High School on Bedford Avenue, between P and Q, attended Brooklyn College,
this book is absolutely required reading.