Wednesday, February 08, 2006

GKC is Everywhere: Sighting in New York

In his review of Seven Gone to New York: Adventures in the City, the Sunday Telegraph's Harry Mount opens with lines from GKC:

"G. K. Chesterton said that it was much braver to drop in on your neighbour unannounced than it was to go on a round-the-world trip. That's sort of the principle behind this collection of essays about New York by Ian Frazier, a long-time contributor to The New Yorker, who moved to the city in the early 1970s from small-town Ohio.

"Frazier's version of the Chesterton line is that you get a much sharper view of New York by looking at the tiny, everyday, dreary things that go on unremarked in the city than you would by, say, climbing the Empire State Building and having a Martini with Rudy Giuliani and Frank Sinatra."

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