“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with New York,” said Sari Botton of her new anthology, Goodbye To All That. Joan Didion wrote “Goodbye to All That,” about leaving New York, . No wonder that Sari Botton, who edited the anthology, titled her own. The Paperback of the Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on.

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And of course, it’s about all those larger themes – belonging, possibility, the changing nature of ‘home’, the changing nature of us as humans.

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I love when writers are so brutally honest and put all their feelings and experiences out there, no matter how embarrassing or bottpn. These are warts and all tales of New York.

And why does that happen?

I couldn’t help but feel I am part of the problem for a lot of these authors. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. View all 4 comments. View More by This Author.

So, I’m not exactly impartial. But the feeling that New York is the one that got away never fades.

What a pile of piss. Variations on a theme with too little variation; Joan Didion said it all and more memorably.


After each essay I found myself researching the author online to find out what else she’s done and where she is now. Tto I am proud!


Apr 06, Allan rated it it was amazing. I still miss that shithole. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I’ve added a few novels to my To Read list as a result. Many descriptions left me at once homesick, and glad that I didn’t have to live there for long as an adult. In this captivating collection, ro writers take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories.

I’m the young twenty-something that has helped gentrification thrive and prosper. I was born and raised in NYC, and also left.

Review Of ‘Goodbye To All That’ By Sari Botton

And thag them to me i like to read. I sat reading it at a coffee shop and had to furtively wipe away my tears during the more moving essays of which there were many. People flock to the city with high ambitions, hope, and a need for a fresh start.

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Goodbye to All That

Trivia About Goodbye to All Th The essay ends with the writer jumping down into a ssari map of Manhattan, down through chimney smoke and right into the dress of a Manhattan lady May Welland, perhaps. It felt irresponsible, downright negligent, to be encouraging young writers to generate wonderful, enchanting narratives out of lives lived in Srai elsewheres while knowing all the while that I would give it up tomorrow to be even a minor character in New York—a Rick Moranis living down the hall from a Sigourney Weaver.


My first-hand experience with New York City took place in August as a small boy on holiday to visit relatives there. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now. Poetry by Sarah Serrano. Aug 09, Sara rated it it was amazing. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. There’s a life out there other than what’s here. I would have rated it higher if only the best essays were included.

Alone in exactly the right kind of way.

Some p I loved these memoirs. There are great writers present here and I found the saro pretty strong, more often than not, which is the best I can expect of an themed anthology. It’s fun to say that slightly drunk at a wedding when all you really want to say about why you left is “why why why why why” and roll around and self-flagellate.

A version of this article appeared on our old site. After having read these stories you’ll love New York even more but it’s less of a mirage.

I’m the young artist that has, in all generality, pushed art out.