The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker
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, mo...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Counterpoint
(first published 1998)
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Apr 20, 2007 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who loves the city
maeve brennan was a lesser known writer for the New Yorker, who eventually cracked up and began living in her old office, even though she was no longer writing for the magazine. becuase the editors were such nice people, they let her live there, even take "baths" in the restroom sinks. (ah, the good old days when job security meant something.) before this sad turn, she wrote some of the loveliest observations of other people i have ever read. read this book during your commute, and you will find...more
A lovely collection of vignettes from The New Yorker magazine. Maeve Brennan wrote for The New Yorker from 1954-1981 but her short, witty pieces for The Talk of the Town column were mostly unsigned and simply noted as being from "The Long-Winded Lady." Brennan was not long-winded. She was a master at the brief, witty, sometimes acerbic snapshots of life in her Times Square/Village neighborhoods. ( This was the seedy era of Times Square before it became "Disney-fied" and like a shopping mall.) He...more
I liked this a lot, though I read it too quickly. It should be savoured over a few weeks or even months. It consists of New Yorker Talk-of-the-Town pieces, written mostly in the fifties and early sixties,a period I remember well in NY.
The Long-Winded Lady was the pen name, ironic in the old New Yorker style, of Maeve Brennan, who wrote these pieces for The Talk of the Town when the pieces there were unsigned. She lived in hotels, mostly around Times Square and the Village, from the 1950s to the 1980s, and her sketches were observations of people and incidents around Manhattan in the days when JFK Airport was Idlewild, Fifth Avenue had recently gone one-way, and shops and restaurants around Sixth Avenue in midtown were being d...more
Maeve is an interesting author journalist with a colorful life that included alcoholism. Came to the US as a teenager from Ireland and became a writer for the New Yorker magazine. She wrote the Talk of the Town column for many years. Her stories/essays in this book are scenes from NYC life in the 50 and 60s for the most part. Very enjoyable especially if you have spent a fair amount of time in Manhattan. I could actually picture some of the street corners and sites she describes as well as the t...more
Maeve Brennan was an Irish short story writer and journalist. She moved to the United States in 1934 when her father was appointed to the Irish Legation in Washington. She was an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself. Collections of her articles, short stories, and a novella have been published.More about Maeve Brennan...