New York is a Summer Festival?

The old advertising mantra was that New York Is a Summer Festival. I just returned from two days in New York and wonder whether it is a festival, a happening, an orgy, a magnet….well, you fill in the blank.

I saw a concert in Washington Square, the Noguchi museum on Long Island City, and an outrageously humorous play, ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS.  I also saw thousands of clawing, hot , and unhappy people in search of finding the real New York.  They dropped money and sweat and even a few insightful comments.  They were on a quest.

I lived in Manhattan for four years after highschool.  I took New York for granted.  It was my backyard during that time.  If you had asked me then where one could find the REAL New York, I might have said it was when the lights come on over Broadway.  Now that I am far older and wiser I can’t imagine New York as a reality .  It is a goal, a dream, a moment.  It is Lady liberty with her ever-raised torch or the steamy musician singing by the subway entrace.  It is a tabula rosa. I no longer want to “wake up in a city that never sleeps.”  But I like the possibility of changing my mind constantly about this world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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