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April 03, 2011


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Is this for real? Why is Willa Cather (Nebraska) in a New York hall of fame? Or Lorraine Hansberry (Chicago)? And what about Professor Irwin Corey?

here is a link to the very flattering wikipedia article about professor irwin corey:

on november 20, 1977, i had the pleasure of professor irwin corey's company in the playboy building in chicago when walter payton's 275-yards-rushing game against the minnesota vikings was televised. professor irwin corey was very congenial on that occasion.

and speaking of football and willa cather, that very estimable writer had this to say about the game with the funny ball: "It is one of the few survivals of the arouses only the most simple and normal emotions...Of course it is brutal. So is Homer brutal and Tolstoy...A good football game is an epic, it rouses the oldest part of us."

good evening.

Mitch, Willa Cather lived in the Village for a time, and Lorraine Hansberry spent years in the city as well. I love the Cather quote on the pigskin and gridiron. My favorite of her books is "A Lost Lady" with "The Professor's House" second, but she wrote a bunch of great ones. -- DL

Thanks, David. But if NYC wants to appropriate authors from their rightful homes, I would suggest the great Theodore Dreiser, an Indiana Hoosier who also lived in Los Angeles, but who for a time resided in the Ansonia Hotel. My favorite book by Dreiser is "A Gallery of Women" (two vols.)

Also, despite the fact that I once heard the late Professor Edward Said of Columbia University strenuously inveigh against The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger's evocation of "the city" in that book is really superb. I would nominate Salinger for any aggregation of writers about New York.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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