The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston

The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston

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Overview

Boston has persevered through the bad old days to thrive, and more, to make a kind of statement about the good city. The good city is innovative and fun, it is prosperous, it strives for justice and sustainability, but above all, it is alive. -From the Introduction by Paul Grogan

The Good City presents a vivid new profile of Boston through the work of fifteen of the city's finest writers.

Robert Campbell and Jane Holtz Kay on Boston's embrace of lively urban density
James Miller on the city's intellectual history
Jack Beatty on Boston's colorful political past and present
Patricia Powell on the literary landscape and the immigrant experience
Susan Orlean on the city she left and now loves
John Hanson Mitchell on how nature revives the metropolis
Anita Diamant on Boston as a spiritual home
Scott Kirsner on Boston as a powerhouse of scientific and technological innovation
Alan Chong on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the arts in Boston
Lynda Morgenroth on the city's neighborhoods
Michael Patrick MacDonald on gentrification and what it means to old neighborhoods like Southie
Derrick Jackson on Boston as a laboratory for advancing race relations
Howard Bryant on the city's obsession with sports
Irene Smalls on seeing the city through the eyes of a child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807071434
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Emily Hiestand is a writer, artist, and creative director of Elements Commmunications for Positive Change. The author of three books, including The Very Rich Hours and Angela the Upside Down Girl, her literary honors include The Whiting Award and The National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism.

Ande Zellman is a media and publishing consultant and has held senior positions at Newsweek and the Boston Globe, including editor-in-chief of the Boston Globe Magazine. Dozens of awards have been won under her leadership including a Pulitzer Prize, Headliner, Livingston, and George Foster Peabody Awards.

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jddunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meh. I bought this as part of an effort to get a bit more of a literary, cultural, historical, etc view of my adopted home, and while there is a bit of that to be found here, it¿s mostly writers grinding their personal sociopolitical axes, and also a bit too much fluff. Not that there¿s anything wrong with a personal take, or a political one, or any angle whatsoever in the abstract, but in a collection ostensibly about the city, I would like the essays to be a little less tangential and narrowly focused.