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New York is the thing that seduced me

One of my favorite thing is finding quotes by my favorite writers and song writers about New York City. There was a great quote I saw written in Washington Square Park two summers ago almost welcoming me to the city and now, I want to share some words of wisdom from Patti Smith. Coming back to Brooklyn tonight I kept thinking these words over and over again in my head.

“New York is the thing that seduced me.
New York is the thing that formed me.
New York is the thing that deformed me.
New York is the thing that perverted me.
New York is the thing that converted me.
And New York is the thing that I love too.”

– Patti Smith, 1971

   
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By Heart: All kinds of love in the world

One of my favorite new websites this winter is “By Heart.” The brilliant series by The Atlantic shares essays in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. One of the best that I’ve read is written by author Ron Carlson about his love for F. Scott Fitzgerald. 
Carlson writes, “When I was an undergraduate at the University of Utah, I wrote in a library book for the first and only time. I was reading a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called ‘The Sensible Thing.’ When I got to the last paragraph, a classic Fitzgerald line about lost love almost regained and lost again. It goes like this,

Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. 

“I couldn’t help myself. I think I wrote: Look at this! As if I were some kind of guide or imprimatur. There was an ache in it, an astonishing ache even in the context of the abundant rue and sorrow of Fitzgerald’s stories, and it felt so much bigger than me. It stirred me so deeply I had to leave some kind of mark.”
Beautiful, right? There is more to the essay here and I highly recommend reading the entire essay if your a writer, a reader, or even just a romantic. 

On love, from Vincent Van Gogh

… Theo, I love her, her and no other, her forever.
And, and, and, Theo, although the “no, never, ever” still “seems”
to be in full sway, there is a feeling of someone
like redemption within me, and it is as if she
and I had stopped being two and were
united for all eternity.

Vincent Van Gogh from a letter to his brother, Theo

On love, from Vincent Van Gogh

… Theo, I love her, her and no other, her forever.
And, and, and, Theo, although the “no, never, ever” still “seems”
to be in full sway, there is a feeling of someone
like redemption within me, and it is as if she
and I had stopped being two and were
united for all eternity.

Vincent Van Gogh from a letter to his brother, Theo