The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from the New Yorker (Paperback)

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For more than twenty years in the pages of the New Yorker's Talk of the Town section, Maeve Brennan wrote about what it was like to be a woman, alone, and an outsider in New York. An Irish immigrant who published as 'the Long-Winded Lady, 'Brennan wrote about the New York of the 50s and 60s like nobody else. She reported from subway cars and shoe stores and tables-for-one. In her city, it is nearly always raining, or else she is pretending to read at a diner, eavesdropping on people who don't see her. More profound and moving than anything written by Joseph Mitchell or John Cheever in the same era, this book is one of the few I always return to when I am finding this city difficult to love.

— Madeleine

I read this during a time when I was working entirely too much, but, exhausted at the end of the day, this book always made me crack a smile. If you find yourself falling out of love with NYC, read this and fall back in.

— Bekah


From 1954 to 1981, Maeve Brennan wrote for The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" department under the pen name "The Long-Winded Lady." Her unforgettable sketches--prose snapshots of life in small restaurants, cheap hotels, and crowded streets of Times Square and the Village--together form a timeless, bittersweet tribute to what she called the "most reckless, most ambitious, most confused, most comical, the saddest and coldest and most human of cities." First published in 1969, The Long-Winded Lady is a celebration of one of The New Yorker's finest writers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781582435015
ISBN-10: 1582435014
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: April 7th, 2009
Pages: 268
Language: English