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"...a freedom to simply be..."

Elizabeth Strout, on small-town Maine versus New York City.

The sense of disappearing immediately when I step out into the streets of New York City has been a continual comfort to me. This gives me a freedom to simply be, to absorb all that goes on around me. But when I am in Maine, where there are very few people on the streets, I am encumbered by that sense of self – who is watching me?

I admire her fiction's focus on small towns, despite her obvious love of city life. Because, let's face it - we probably need a ten-year embargo on NYC stories to allow the fiction world to de-saturate itself.

June 10, 2017 in Books | Permalink

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