New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection.
Wonderful Town touches on some of the city's famous places and stops at some of its more obscure corners, but the real guidebook is to the hearts and the minds of those who populate the metropolis built by its pages. New York is every great and ordinary place. Each life in it, and each life in Wonderful Town, is the life of us all. Brownstone, Renata AdlerThe Whore of Mensa, Woody AllenIn Greenwich, There are Many Graveled Walks, Hortense CalisherThe Five-Forty-Eight, John CheeverAnother Marvelous Thing, Laurie ColwinMidair, Frank ConroyWhat It Was Like, Seeing Chris, Deborah EisenbergBaster, Jeffrey EugenidesPartners, Veronica GengCarlyle Tries Polygamy, William Melvin Kelley Poor Visitor, Jamaica KincaidSymbols and Signs, Vladimir NabokovArrangement in Black and White, Dorothy ParkerThe Cafeteria, Isaac Bashevis SingerThe Way We Live Now, Susan SontagNotes From a Bottle, James StevensonA Sentimental Journey, Peter TaylorThe Catbird Seat, James ThurberThe Evolution of Knowledge, Niccolo TucciThe Second Tree From the Corner, E.B. White
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