Central Park: An Anthology

By Andrew Blauner

A wild evening open air with invoice Buford. A soccer culture with Nathaniel wealthy. A jog round the reservoir with Mark Helprin as he "protects" Jacqueline Onassis from imagined damage. The 843 rigorously deliberate acres of crucial Park haven't merely crept into the hearts of its 38 million annual viewers, but additionally into the lifestyles and paintings of a various array of writers who come to enjoy its usual therapy for city chaos.

In Central Park, a dozen unique items commissioned specially for this ebook are observed by way of a handful of loved classics. Francine Prose displays on open-air performances via Nina Simone and James Brown; Jonathan Safran Foer writes a construction delusion of the park; Buzz Bissinger meditates on how the park outlined his youth; and Marie Winn definitively solutions Holden Caulfield's query of the place the geese cross whilst the ponds freeze over.

This shiny assortment offers important Park in all its assorted glory, with an ode on each web page to a fifty-one-block swath of detailed long island magic. A must-read for the hundreds of thousands who ponder the park their very own, and a memento for the various extra who stopover at, it is going to be a typical for years to come.

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