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Old 09-26-2019, 03:37 PM
 
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Alfred Kazin, whose “A Walker in the City” (1951), heavily haunted by Whitman, remains the best book ever written about New York on foot, is all about going somewhere. Kazin uses walking as a metaphor for ambition and escape; his book is a study in how ambitious kids can ascend on foot when the provinces are just across the bridge. He was walking all the time because he was getting the hell out of Brooklyn and couldn’t afford a taxi. You could take the subway ... but Kazin prefers to walk, because the subway is one of the chief things he is escaping from.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2.../heavens-gaits
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:46 PM
 
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Alfred Kazin, whose “A Walker in the City” (1951), heavily haunted by Whitman, remains the best book ever written about New York on foot, is all about going somewhere. Kazin uses walking as a metaphor for ambition and escape; his book is a study in how ambitious kids can ascend on foot when the provinces are just across the bridge. He was walking all the time because he was getting the hell out of Brooklyn and couldn’t afford a taxi. You could take the subway ... but Kazin prefers to walk, because the subway is one of the chief things he is escaping from.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2.../heavens-gaits


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Never read it but sounds like it was written for today..
Now I may just want to read it............Well Done!
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Old Yesterday, 06:39 PM
 
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Never read it but sounds like it was written for today..
Now I may just want to read it............Well Done!
Well, we certainly remain a walky city.
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Old Yesterday, 09:02 PM
 
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Never read it but sounds like it was written for today..
Now I may just want to read it............Well Done!
Not for nothing but why would you want a book written for today when you live in the past ???
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