Lovely Quote: Joan Didion on New York

Isn’t this just the most lovely quote you’ve read in a long time? H/t to the NEO-traditionalist for reminding me of how much I love Joan Didion:

… I was in love with New York. I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again. I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there—but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.

– Joan Didion, Goodbye to All That

Yum. It’s full of promise and expectation and awe.

It also reminds me of DC Striving‘s wedding last September on Martha’s Vineyard… it was an excellent wedding for many, many reasons, but one of the things I especially loved was their ceremony. It was intimate and special and so uniquely them… not to mention both Catholic and Jewish. Could have been tricky, but instead it was perfection. And since New York – the city and state – plays such a large role in their relationship, they had people read excerpts from E.B. White’s “Here is New York.” (right, KP?)

That was a bit of a tangent, but I guess I’m trying to say that Didion’s quote is cozy and warm and nostalgic, and so was DC Striving‘s wedding. And on this crisp, fall day – those are memories that make me smile.


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