New York is not America
george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Aug 2 15:19:46 UTC 2001
I hope I am not sending this out twice. But my email is being prankish
this morning, and I may be.
> NEW YORK IS NOT AMERICA
> From "This New York" by Lucius Beebe, NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE,
> 4 March 1939, pg. 16, col. 2:
> Some wag once remarked that good Americans, when they died,
> went to Paris. Somebody also later discovered that New York was
> not America, a fortunate exemption, which makes it possible for
> good New Yorkers, when dead, to go not to Paris but to San
> Francisco. Only San Francisco rather prefers them alive.
Ford Madox Ford published a travel book about New York City called "New
York Is Not America" in 1927: London: Duckworth and New York: Boni.
> SENEGALESE CUISINE
> From "Incomparable Senegalese" by Tama Janowitz, NEW YORK PRESS
> restaurant review, August 1-7, 2001, pg. 37, col. 4:
> I CANNOT TELL you if Chez Gnagna Koty's is a good Senegalese
> restaurant or a bad one, as I have nothing to compare it to. (...)
There have been a number of Senegalese in NYC for some years. It seems
that many of the street peddlars who flog dubious high-fashion-label
watches, handbags and such are Senegalese. Therefore there have been
some Senegalese eateries, at least, if not restaurants. I ate at one
about 10 years ago, off Broadway, in the low 50s.
A word to Barry: In your fieldwork for exotic food terms that are
entering English, or may be, do not neglect Brooklyn. In a walk
recently along Avenue Z near Brighton Beach I passed a Moldavian
restaurant, unfortunately seemingly out of business, and a Caspian
restaurant that was flourishing. These were both near the Avenue Z
stop of the D train. There used to be, at least, an Azerbaijani
restaurant in that area too. I haven't been in Sunset Park for years,
but it should be worth trawling, too. As Thoreau said, "I have
travelled widely in Brooklyn, and eaten pretty dang well while I was
there, too." This is what Thoreau really said: ask Fred Shapiro if he
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African
Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.
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