“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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Jason Arthur wrote Violet America: Then I bought a copy for myself because I love half the writers in this collection Roxane Gay! The twenty-eight essays included in this book are inspired by the famous Joan Didion essay of the same name. Having loved and left New York, I wanted to love it, but alas, I loved a few of the stories, the rest either boring or so far distant I couldn’t relate. I wanted to feel that kinetic energy these authors talked about.

Mar 20, Caryn Hart rated it it was amazing.

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

I still miss aall shithole. Botton enjoys patronizing local small businesses in her adopted hometown upstate and finds herself more productive creatively. With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. We need to love it, and from the safe distance of not having to pay its rent. And I think that I’ll eventually have to try Emily St. View all 11 comments. Its not all its cracked up to be. If you’re an aspiring writer you’ll really get a terrific notion of what you’re up against.

Maybe I’m biased as I have known the editor also a contributor since I was 14 years old.



Like a body New York rejecting an organ me. The essays range from good to great and this is definitely worth reading if you’re thinking about moving here, have moved here, or used to live here. Pick up this book if you want the real story behind life in the Big Apple. Jan 05, Amy rated it really liked it. No, jk, they’d be proud, because this was the plan all along.

Bottoj enjoyed this book and would recommend it. Nevertheless, as a longtime NYC dweller who has a love-hate boton with the city, this book resounded with me on so many levels.

Lists with This Book. I found myself relating to the many complications and emotions of living in New York, and it was a comfort to know I’m not alone. Despite having read stories from 28 different authors, one thing is the same: It’s fun to say that slightly drunk at a wedding swri all you really want to say about why you left is “why why why why why” and roll around and self-flagellate. Poetry by Fox Frazier-Foley. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Lauren Jonik is godobye writer and photographer in Brooklyn, NY.

I couldn’t finish it, because it was like being trapped in a summer internship at Seventeen Magazine.

All of these writers thst thought that New York was theirs. What a great collection! This book falls into those categories. Opening the iTunes Store.

The sooner we citizens of Elsewhere understand that, the better. Jul 29, Tim rated it did not like it. I’m the young twenty-something that has helped gentrification thrive and prosper.

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

It needs to be explored an observed to be believed, because very few people on this earth come from a place as crowded, diverse, and amazing as New York. Apr 03, Becca rated it liked it Shelves: The NYC my mom grew up in. Nov 25, Kerry rated go it was amazing.


There are standouts, however: The essay ends with the writer jumping down into a xari map of Manhattan, down through chimney smoke and right into the dress of a Manhattan lady May Welland, perhaps. There was a problem adding your email address.

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There’s a life out there other than what’s here. This book has a very narrow focus on women with writing dreams and once you read the Didion essay, you will see a tight relationship between influence and influencee. Review of Interstellar Bruja Vol.

But the feeling that New York is the one that got away never fades. I recommend this for anyone who: And of course, Oh this book! In an interview in Greenwich Village, Botton explained that the impact of having been a New Yorker leaves an indelible mark.

A chance meeting with him in person in the East Village led to brunch which led to Botton moving into his “below-market-value loft in a Gothic Victorian former yeshiva on Avenue B, across from Tompkins Square Park” a few months later. But if you dream of it, with complexity, or if you live there, also with complexity, you will find great meaning in it.

Unfortunately, the treatment of this theme lapses into monotony, as the observations, both celebratory the culture, opportunity and excitement and rueful the expense, danger and status obsessionare largely uniform across the board. Want to Read saving…. Maybe that’s a little sappy but for this gal who moved to NYC as a 16 y.