The News from Manhattan

Catch up on Garrison’s near-daily missives from New York, where he is sheltering in place with his family

The News from Manhattan: Thursday, September 10, 2020

I spoke with the humorist Calvin Trillin tonight who was enjoying his nightly whiskey. He said the Village is like Paris with all the outdoor dining, but no tourists.

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The News from Manhattan: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

I was in radio for years and now my voice is thin and creaky, all the baritone notes are gone from disuse.

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The News from Manhattan: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The doctor looked way down my throat / And told me to sing a high note

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The News from Manhattan: Sunday, August 30, 2020

The chill of fall is in the air, doing my stretching exercises out on the terrace, looking out at the Upper West Side.

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The News from Manhattan: Thursday, August 27, 2020

This is the test: who would you want to spend the whole day with for an entire week? Don’t marry until you know the answer.

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The News from Manhattan: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The book is done, the writing and editing, and it’s going to the typesetter and so the author falls into a slight depression with the end of a long project.

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The News from Manhattan: Thursday, August 20, 2020

The secret of good writing is rewriting. I’ve just finished the sixth rewrite of my memoir and I can say this with authority.

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The News from Manhattan: Monday, August 17, 2020

One thing learned from the pandemic life is the beauty of domesticity, which I rebelled against as a teenager and kept rebelling against into septuagenarianism and now find beautiful.

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The News from Manhattan: Sunday, August 9, 2020

I just turned 78 / The hour is getting late / The road leads straight / Up to the golden gate.

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The News from Manhattan: Friday, August 7, 2020

I’ll work all day and maybe we’ll go for a walk in the park. Can’t imagine a better birthday.

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