The New York Times: Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World
Writers tread where writers trod. Footsteps gathers a longtime series of New York Times columns together in a book. The articles range across the globe, introducing favorite authors one by one in their homes or surroundings.
There’s the reckless Mark Twain on the rim of a Hawaiian volcano, practical Mary Oliver hiding pencils in the trees in case she gets caught short with a new line of poetry while roaming her neighborhood forest, the personable wannabe louche Christopher Isherwood reveling in Berlin, and James Baldwin challenging Paris. Monica Drake invites readers to a party of “celebs” from then and now, and most of her guests rise to the occasion, but a few suffer the sparkle of flat champagne.
Writers are approached from different starting points. For several, the project transformed a vacation into a pilgrimage, for others the chosen author was less familiar and didn’t always recruit a new admirer.
Footsteps deserves more than a single read-through and is better savored one or two pieces at a time. Whether preferring domestic or foreign, all have a distinctive appeal, and Innisfree still heads many bucket lists.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Author||New York Times|
|Page Count||304 pages|
|Publisher||Three Rivers Press|
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