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Gone to New York by Ian Frazier
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Jul 30, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: essays, journalism-nonfiction
Read in July, 2008

Maybe not the best of Frazier's books -- three or four of the pieces could have been chopped without much loss. But when Frazier's good, he's really good. He'll sort of pan across a streetscape, noting everything that comes into view, then suddenly fix on something almost at random and dive deep into it, dredging up amazing histories and personal stories. He notices ordinary "found" details that everybody else overlooks -- like grafitti carved into library desks, or visitor comments at a museum -- and examines them with an always original eye.
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