“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with New York,” said Sari Botton of her new anthology, Goodbye To All That. Joan Didion wrote “Goodbye to All That,” about leaving New York, . No wonder that Sari Botton, who edited the anthology, titled her own. The Paperback of the Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on.

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I found that I’ve read some of their books already. Goodbyw a life out there other than what’s here. Would they still wax romantic goodvye the Subway and rent controlled apartments? It’s fun to say that slightly drunk at a wedding when all you really want to say about why you left is “why why why why why” and roll around and self-flagellate.

Welcome to articulation of feelings you didn’t know you had, particularly if your sources of income come solely from the organs attached to the eyeballs you are using to read this.

In this captivating collection, 28 writers take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Paperback gkodbye, pages. There is an assortment of experiences and easy to read.

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton

If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop. There are great writers present here and I found the essays pretty strong, more often than not, which is the best I can expect of an themed anthology.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Like no other story before it, Didion’s tale of loving and leaving New York captured the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits.

After each essay I found myself researching the author online to find out what else she’s done and where she is now. Jason Arthur wrote Violet America: It took me a long time to finish this xari. You will feel the entire spectrum of emotion. Poetry by Sarah Serrano. And it made me once again nostalgic for a NYC I’ve never known. Perhaps I wasn’t buying heroin or waving goodbye to New York as I flew to New Zealand, but there are similar threads through each essay, sar it mainly has to al with that character of this city; that emotional relationship you’ve found yourself in with a location that lives and breathes just like that lover that loved you and dumped you and reclaimed you and sometimes you just left without looking back.

Or if some of the authors had not penned self reflective pieces but instead interviewed former New Yorkers from other walks of life – chefs, first responders, finance guys, working class immigrants. You can never be rich enough to afford the ever changing city and sometimes with wealth comes disillusion.


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szri Nov 12, MaryJane Brodeck rated it really liked it. In this captivating collection, 28 writers take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories. Sitting very still in a Brooklyn apartment and trying not to spend money via not moving my limbs, I would google and Google and google, looking for Exactly This.


What becomes clear in both collections is that most of the writers participating entered New York at a vastly different time than it appears today. When their building was given Landmark status and the rent tripled, the decision to leave was easy.

Like recent novels about New Xari, the collection keeps Gotham superheroic.

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Struggling to find a career in writing wasn’t my life there but I did struggle to make it. Perhaps I wasn’t buying heroin or wav I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of writers’ experiences living, loving, and leaving New York. Please leave your song of choice in the comments section.

It is one thing to take on New York as an outsider and then to hear from someone who has known it from birth through all its various changes and incarnations. If you have ever lived in NYC, thought about living there or lived there and left, do yourself a favor and read this book. Jul 29, Tim rated it did not like it.