Central Park: An Anthology

Central Park: An Anthology

by Andrew Blauner


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A wild night outdoors with Bill Buford. A football tradition with Nathaniel Rich. A jog around the reservoir with Mark Helprin as he "protects" Jacqueline Onassis from imagined harm. The 843 carefully planned acres of Central Park have not only crept into the hearts of its 38 million annual visitors, but also into the life and work of a diverse array of writers who come to revel in its natural remedy for urban chaos.

In Central Park, a dozen exclusive pieces commissioned especially for this book are accompanied by a handful of beloved classics. Francine Prose reflects on open-air performances by Nina Simone and James Brown; Jonathan Safran Foer writes a creation myth of the park; Buzz Bissinger meditates on how the park defined his early life; and Marie Winn definitively answers Holden Caulfield's question of where the ducks go when the ponds freeze over.

This vibrant collection presents Central Park in all its diverse glory, with an ode on every page to a fifty-one-block swath of special New York magic. A must-read for the thousands who consider the park their own, and a keepsake for the many more who visit, it will be a standard for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608196005
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,178,621
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrew Blauner is the founder of Blauner Books Literary Agency. He is the editor of two previous anthologies, Coach, with over fifty thousand copies sold, and Brothers, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award. He is also the co-editor of Anatomy of Baseball. Blauner graduated from Collegiate School, Brown University and Columbia Business School, and he is a member of PEN and the National Book Critics Circle. He grew up, and has lived most of his life, within two blocks of Central Park.

Adrian Benepe has worked for more than thirty-two years protecting and enhancing New York City's natural and historic beauty. He has continued this effort as commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002.

Table of Contents

Introduction Adrian Benepe 1

The Meadow John Burnham 14

Goodnight Moon Schwartz BenDolnick 26

Through the Children's Gate Adam Gopnik 38

Framed in Silver Mark Helprin 45

Carp in the Park David Michaelis 53

The Colossus of New York Colson Whitehead 64

Some Music in the Park Francine Prose 72

The Sixth Borough Jonathan Safran Foer 79

Squawkeye and Gang on the Dendur Plateau Nathaniel Rich 88

Fogg in the Park Paul Auster 97

Sunday in the Park with Mother Susan Sheehan 110

Negative Space Thomas Beller 119

The Hidden Life Alec Wilkinson 136

My Little Bit of Country Susan Cheever 145

The Falconer of Central Park Donald Knowler 153

About Those Ducks, Holden Marie Winn 169

Lions and Tigers and Bears Bill Buford 174

Beastie Brooks Hansen 188

The Goodbye Buzz Bissinger 201

Epilogue Doug Blonsky 211

Editor's Note 215

About the Contributors 217

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Central Park: An Anthology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jacarud More than 1 year ago
If interested in learning the numerous experiences behind NYC's Central Park or just looking for a good read, Central Park is a great anthology for readers everywhere. Filled with both joy and sadness, this anthology is sure to find a special place in the hearts of frequent Park visitors and prospective visitors alike.