The notion of leaving New York might be met with disbelief, grief, and disgruntled groans from longtime New Yorkers -- let alone those waiting for the next excuse to move away. But no matter where you go, Sari Botton says, the city follows you. Last year, in the wake of her relocation upstate, Botton edited Goodbye To All That: On Loving And Leaving New York, an anthology in which more than 25 writers penned essays about their complicated feelings about the city and how they renounced their residency.
Now Botton is mayne eating her words with her latest collection, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers And their Unshakeable Love For New York. This time, she's collected stories from another impressive array of New Yorkers -- Rosanne Cash, Susan Orlean, Whoopi Goldberg, Nick Flynn, and Jason Diamond, among others -- who illustrate their love-hate relationship with the city that never lets you go.
In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Botton reflects both collections and their opposite positions on New York, and getting inspired by Liza Minnelli's "City Lights."
You can catch a reading from Sari's book tomorrow, October 15, at 7:30 at Greenlight Bookstore. Featured contributors will include Alexander Chee, Stephen Elliott, Patricia Engel, Anna Holmes, and Adelle Waldman.