The Good City: Writers Explore 21st-century Boston

The Good City Writers Explore st century Boston Boston has persevered through the bad old days to thrive and to make a kind of statement about the good city The good city is innovative and fun it is prosperous it strives for justice and sustai

  • Title: The Good City: Writers Explore 21st-century Boston
  • Author: Emily Hiestand Ande Zellman
  • ISBN: 9780807071434
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Boston has persevered through the bad old days to thrive, and , to make a kind of statement about the good city The good city is innovative and fun, it is prosperous, it strives for justice and sustainability, but above all, it is alive From the Introduction by Paul GroganThe Good City presents a vivid new profile of Boston through the work of fifteen of the city sBoston has persevered through the bad old days to thrive, and , to make a kind of statement about the good city The good city is innovative and fun, it is prosperous, it strives for justice and sustainability, but above all, it is alive From the Introduction by Paul GroganThe Good City presents a vivid new profile of Boston through the work of fifteen of the city s finest writers Robert Campbell and Jane Holtz Kay on Boston s embrace of lively urban densityJames Miller on the city s intellectual historyJack Beatty on Boston s colorful political past and presentPatricia Powell on the literary landscape and the immigrant experienceSusan Orlean on the city she left and now lovesJohn Hanson Mitchell on how nature revives the metropolisAnita Diamant on Boston as a spiritual home Scott Kirsner on Boston as a powerhouse of scientific and technological innovationAlan Chong on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the arts in BostonLynda Morgenroth on the city s neighborhoodsMichael Patrick MacDonald on gentrification and what it means to old neighborhoods like SouthieDerrick Jackson on Boston as a laboratory for advancing race relationsHoward Bryant on the city s obsession with sportsIrene Smalls on seeing the city through the eyes of a child.

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    1. Ohhh yes. I needed this book. This is exactly, exactly what I was looking for. This is a book filled with beautiful meditative essays on the city of Boston. Each author's understanding of the city is extremely different, but nearly all are beautifully, memorably described. I've been looking for a way to make myself feel at-home in Boston, learn how to love Boston the way I love Montreal. It's hard. I'm not used to doing things the way Boston does things. Montreal felt freeing and whimsical and d [...]

    2. Prior to reading this collection of essays about Boston, my knowledge about this American city has been limited to its status as the capital of Massachusetts, a few facts about the pilgrims, the historic "Boston Tea Party", the MIT and Harvard, Babe Ruth, both the Red Sox and the Celtics. Edited by Emily Hiestand and Ande Zellman, The Good City is also a melting pot of subjects written by its locals, emigres and transients. More than these cultural and historical icons of the city, the book pres [...]

    3. Meh. I bought this as part of an effort to get a bit more of a literary, cultural, historical, etc view of my adopted home, and while there is a bit of that to be found here, it’s mostly writers grinding their personal sociopolitical axes, and also a bit too much fluff. Not that there’s anything wrong with a personal take, or a political one, or any angle whatsoever in the abstract, but in a collection ostensibly about the city, I would like the essays to be a little less tangential and narr [...]

    4. Boston is one of my favorite cities in the U.S so this book was a fun find at a used bookstore in Chicago when I was there last month.The book is a series of essays about Boston, it's culture, religion, sports, architecture and other topics. It touches how people live, work and play in the Boston area and also has a lot of historical information. It was delightful to read and made me want to head back to Boston soon!If your heading to Boston, I would highly recommend this book as an interesting [...]

    5. Not such an exciting collection for those of us who have lived in this region for a long time but still demonstrates a great amount of love and affection for Boston. Each article focuses on a different aspect: geography, history, race (multiple times), immigration, politics (including colorful stories of Mayor Curley "Cuhley") and sports.

    6. Great vignettes about Boston from wide ranging perspectives from the poets to the sportswriters from subjects like race to the Gardner museum.

    7. Almost all of the essays were enjoyable to read. I learned a lot about the city and its intellectual tradition.

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