Saturday, June 04, 2005

New York Times Bookmap

The NYT's literary book map -- with specific locations from fictional narratives -- has been published. From what I can gather, there are 49 or so entries on the paper map, and 73 on the web map. I'm going to peruse them all at some point, but already I discovered that they didn't choose my submission. It sounds like they really had to cut a lot. So here is mine as an addendum.
The opening lines of "Back on Times Square, Dreaming of Times Square" by Allen Ginsberg: "Let some sad trumpeter stand / on the empty streets at dawn / and blow a silver chorus to the / buildings of Times Square, / memorial of ten years, at 5 AM, with / the thin white moon just / visible / above the green & grooking McGraw / Hill offices …"

The McGraw Hill Building at 330 West 42nd Street. See it here on a map and from the side in all its green and grooking-ness.
One of my favorite entries is for the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at Whitehall. It's an excerpt from Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Recuerdo": "We were very tired, we were very merry-- / We had gone back and forth all night upon the ferry." The words are actually printed along the side of the new terminal building.

I think more places should have poetry and prose written across them like art.

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