To the City, with Love

To the City, with Love

by Steve Slavin


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This is a book filled entirely with stories about New Yorkers - some real, some imagined - who have passed through the author's life. Among them are:
A professional basketball player who decides to play his last game stark naked.
A moral philosopher who must resolve his own moral dilemma.
Two homeless veterans living in a subway tunnel, who get hit by a train - and live to tell about it.
A young man on a crowded subway train, who believes a beautiful young woman keeps looking at him.
A kindergarten class that sets out on an adventure to raise money for the homeless.
A young woman who took the hands off the clock in Grand Central Station.
Professors who formulated brilliant strategies to avoid teaching.
How an old high school classmate helped Bernie Sanders become president.
Some stories will make you laugh, some might make you teary-eyed, but they will all entertain and give the reader a unique flavor and insight into growing up a New Yorker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625530974
Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing
Publication date: 11/02/2016
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Steve Slavin has a PhD in economics from New York University, and taught economics for 31 years at New York Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College, and New Jersey's Union County College. He has written 16 math and economics books. These include a widely used college textbook now in its eleventh edition, and the bestselling All the Math You'll Ever Need. His short stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines.

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JacquelineSeewald More than 1 year ago
Review Steve Slavin To the City, with Love As a short story writer as well as a novelist, I enjoy reading short story collections. Steve Slavin’s collected literary stories which appear in this new volume speak volumes about the city of New York, past and present. Usually volumes of short stories are slim books, not so here. This is a large collection of stories with many themes and teeming with individuals who represent the character of a unique city. It is beyond the scope of this review to discuss every story included in this collection. However, I will talk about several of them. The book is broken into six separate sections with six separate themes. The very first story in the first section is entitled “The Prince of Sixth Avenue.” I have the impression that this is a faction story--that is a combination of actual fact and fiction. Steve Slavin as a grad student at NYU in the early 1960’s lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The characters he describes reflect the nature of the city. The setting itself is a major character and also well-described. “Schwartz” is the second short story in the collection and humorously centers on the character of Schwartz, an eccentric artist/postal worker. In fact, many of the stories center on particular quirky characters. The Zaydeh (grandfather) stands out in the touching story “The Tenants’ Patrol.” The female characters are just as unique. In “Being Bonnie,” the reader is introduced to a young woman who is free and easy with her affections and flits from man to man. The singles scene is often presented in a way that would do justice to a Seinfeld episode. Slavin’s sense of humor is sharp, his intellect keen and observant. Sometimes there is a cynical edge to the stories, other times they drip sarcasm, but they are always clever and entertaining. Even the titles of the sections are intriguing. I cannot do justice to this book in a brief commentary except to say that it is well-worth the price and then some. You will read it and then read it again. There is much here to contemplate.