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“New York was no mere city,” Joan Didion wrote in her landmark 1967 essay, “Goodbye to All That,” explaining why she abandoned her adopted home of New York, seemingly for good, at the age of 29. “It was instead an infinitely romantic notion, the mysterious nexus of all love and money and power, the shining and perishable dream itself.” Ms. Didion, who was originally from California, did more than just capture, and explode, the enduring image of the young writer chucking it all to make it in New York. She spawned a new literary cliché: the not-quite-soyoung writer beating a hasty retreat from the city, but transforming the surrender into a literary triumph via a “Goodbye to All That, Redux” essay.
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The literature may be thin when it comes to “See ya, Chicago” or “Later, Los Angeles” odes, but ever since Ms. Didion set the standard 46 years ago, the “Goodbye New York” essay has become a de rigueur career move for aspiring belle-lettrists. It is a theme that has been explored continuously over the years by the likes of Meghan Daum in
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A-number-one. Faces Some Big Repair Bills 6. To Ann Friedman. Mr. “But why would anyone want to make it here? The human beings are stacked on top of one another in vast towers that create dark. We went to the opera. it is a classic femme (or homme) fatale story. Delivered to you in about an hour. New York as loversubstitute. published elegies to their ambivalence toward New York in “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. to gritty little restaurants in Queens. I pursued you. KRISTOF
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The New Yorker and Luc Sante in The New York Review of Books. the song goes. contemporary entries to the genre tend to follow the same arc as Ms. the “Goodbye” essay has found renewed life.” her contribution to the anthology. “Is Dumping New York City a ‘Girl Thing?’ ” (Apparently not.
NICHOLAS D. “as opposed to the dude who thinks he’s top of the list.” about leaving New York. wrote: “Oh. Sullivan also invoked the romantic-love theme in a recent blog post.
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Joan Didion wrote “Goodbye to All That.” Ms.” writes Hope Edelman in “You Are Here. setting the stage for a succession of writers.
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now. “I’ve always been partial to the friendly guy who doesn’t know how hot he really is (Chicago) or the surprisingly intelligent. like Andrew Sullivan.ebay. literary-minded Generation Y writers have bid not-so-fond farewells to the city on blogs like Gawker and The Cut.
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Leave an Idea. Eventually you. whose essay “Why I’m Glad I Quit New York at Age 24” recently ran in the New York magazine blog The Cut. too. as a new generation of writers works out its love-hate relationship with the city in public fashion.nytimes. Gridlocked traffic competes with every conceivable noise and every imaginable variation on the theme of human rage and impatience.” The New York-you-broke-my-heart essay has become such a trope for young female writers that Jezebel recently asked. Germany. in 1967. including Dani Shapiro and Maggie Estep.
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A version of this article appears in print on November 24. i fall asleep to the sirens of coyotes and wake up to the oddly pleasant alarm clock of roosters crowing. Caldwell echoed Ms. and I am not that young anymore. and that at some point the golden rhythm was broken. went to a suny school in new paltz and i left manhattan for los angeles when i was 26. on page ST1 of the New York edition with the headline: The Long Goodbye.com/2013/11/24/fashion/From-Joan-Didion-to-A…?pagewanted=1%3Fsmid%3Dfb-nytimes&WT. Didion’s description of how she rationalized the move that she and her husband made to Los Angeles (they returned to New York in the 1980s): “I talk about how difficult it would be for us to ‘afford’ to live in New York right now. but i always am glad to return to topanga!
Nov. she could afford to hang around long enough to determine when she had stayed “too long at the Fair.” wrote Chloe Caldwell in her anthology entry. in the relatively cheap New York of the 1960s. SEE OPTIONS »
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11/24/13. in other words.” In putting it so. the split second connections made with strangers and the complicated scents that are a mix of clean air. 24. not to the writers of essays for literary anthologies. about how much ‘space’ we need.The Long Goodbye . money was simply an excuse. But in general. The reality was. 2013. “Leaving My Groovy Lifestyle. Ms.NYTimes.m. Not so for the would-be Didions of today. even a Vogue junior staff member like her — making $70 a week — could secure a centrally located Manhattan apartment with a view of.nytimes. the early days were tough — “some weeks I had to charge food at Bloomingdale’s gourmet shop in order to eat. I felt that my life could be one big experiment. the Brooklyn Bridge (“It turned out the bridge was the Triborough. All I mean is that I was very young in New York. 2013 at 3:29 p.” she dryly amended) and pay for taxis to parties where she might see “new faces. and in my midtwenties I am coming to terms with the fact that no. garbage stench and human perfumes. “In my early twenties.z_sma=ST_TLG_20131122&_r=0
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.the rhythmic hustle of the subways.” In sum.” For Ms. and i'm in santa monica where my work is.” Sure.
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