The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker

The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker

Maeve Brennan / Jul 24, 2019

The Long Winded Lady Notes from The New Yorker From to Maeve Brennan contributed to The New Yorker s Talk of the Town department under the pen name the long winded lady Her unforgettable sketches prose snapshots of life in the streets

  • Title: The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker
  • Author: Maeve Brennan
  • ISBN: 9780395893630
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • From 1954 to 1981, Maeve Brennan contributed to The New Yorker s Talk of the Town department under the pen name the long winded lady Her unforgettable sketches prose snapshots of life in the streets, diners, and cheap hotels just off Times Square are a timeless, bittersweet tribute to what she calls the most ambitious, most comicalddest and coldest and mostFrom 1954 to 1981, Maeve Brennan contributed to The New Yorker s Talk of the Town department under the pen name the long winded lady Her unforgettable sketches prose snapshots of life in the streets, diners, and cheap hotels just off Times Square are a timeless, bittersweet tribute to what she calls the most ambitious, most comicalddest and coldest and most human of cities.

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      • Maeve Brennan

        Maeve Brennan January 6, 1917 1993 was an Irish short story writer and journalist She moved to the United States in 1934 when her father was appointed to the Irish Legation in Washington She was an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself Collections of her articles, short stories, and a novella have been published from


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    1. maeve brennan was a lesser known writer for the New Yorker, who eventually cracked up and began living in her old office, even though she was no longer writing for the magazine. becuase the editors were such nice people, they let her live there, even take "baths" in the restroom sinks. (ah, the good old days when job security meant something.) before this sad turn, she wrote some of the loveliest observations of other people i have ever read. read this book during your commute, and you will find [...]


    2. I discovered Maeve Brennan through Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own earlier this year. Kate Bolick's devoted admiration for Brennan moved me, and I wanted a clearer picture as I knew I would at least like her from what I had already read about her life. But now that I have read her work, the reasons for Bolick's devotion are clear to me, and I join her in admiration for such a compelling author. The Long-Winded Lady is a collection of observations considering the people and landscapes of NYC [...]


    3. A charming and bitter-sweet set of essays, The Long-Winded Lady brings together dozens of Irish-born Maeve Brennan's contributions to The New Yorker. Mostly written during the 1950s and 1960s, they are vignettes of a long-vanished city in transition, as brownstone houses and small businesses were sacrificed to what Brennan terms "the God of Office Space." Maeve Brennan's voice is crisp and cool—you learn very little of her life outside the moments of observation captured here—though with an [...]


    4. This was a collection gifted to me by a friend due to my interest in all things related to NYC, and one that I'd never heard of before. Indeed, despite her long standing column in the New Yorker, I'd never heard of the Irish columnist either.Gathering many of the columnist's New Yorker pieces together in a period mainly encompassing the 960s, the anthology paints a picture of New York in transition, where particularly in midtown Manhattan, many of the sights familiar and much loved to Brennan a [...]


    5. The Long-Winded Lady was the pen name, ironic in the old New Yorker style, of Maeve Brennan, who wrote these pieces for The Talk of the Town when the pieces there were unsigned. She lived in hotels, mostly around Times Square and the Village, from the 1950s to the 1980s, and her sketches were observations of people and incidents around Manhattan in the days when JFK Airport was Idlewild, Fifth Avenue had recently gone one-way, and shops and restaurants around Sixth Avenue in midtown were being d [...]


    6. I love Maeve Brennan's writing. Her observations are dead-on, sometimes witty, sometimes poignant. I added quite a few words to my vocabulary during the course of these essays. She uses some big words, but without being pretentious. It was fascinating to get a glimpse of NYC through the eyes of a sharp observer who was writing so many years ago. Edifying and enjoyable.


    7. Basically if you put into words people watching in New York City. Some of the essays (?) were boring and seemed pretty pointless, but several had great gems about the magical place that is New York. This book made me want to visit and miss the city and I always consider that a success.


    8. Great documentary pieces recording life in New York chiefly from the late 1950s through 1970 by a highly original and clever writer for the New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section. Occasionally rather matter-of-fact if always colorfully presented, but at its best (and often) offering rare insight and/or an ironic twist ending to her quotidian stories. A great read for those like myself who love vivid depictions of New York’s past a la Joseph Mitchell, or the urban experience as it is and [...]


    9. This collection of notes form The New Yorker made me miss living in New York. Brennan provides snapshots of New York neighborhoods, people, and restaurants. If you lived in the city or would like to, this is a good collection for you.


    10. In my more reflective moments, living in New York City feels like my own version of Maeve Brennan's life. 'Observant' doesn't even cover it: Maeve looks at the world with unending nuance, humor, and love. This will be a text I return to throughout my life.


    11. I don’t know what it is about Brennan’s writing that speaks to me so much. I’ve foisted her short story collection on a few people now, and they’ve liked it a lot, but they weren’t like “AH! I MUST BUY ALL OF HER BOOKS TODAY, RIGHT NOW” aka my reaction. This book is a collection of Brennan’s columns for The New Yorker: really regular snapshots of everyday life in NYC in 50’s and 60’s, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, usually ending with a not-at-all tacky insight into humanity [...]


    12. Short snippets of everyday life in New York City. Maeve Brennan captures the most common sites of lives and weaves you through change in the city. This is not a story that pulls you along to the finish as each snippet does not rely on the one before or after. However, it is pleasant enough to finish.


    13. It's a pleasant enjoyable collection of brief essay and observations. These pieces are well written and often quite memorable. That said, it's a collection of articles written in a context that has now disappeared. This collection pales beside her stories and longer fiction.



    14. Gorgeous writing - lyric and visualI loved reading this book, not only for inspiration as a writer, but as a tourist in a city I've never seen. Brennan brings the city to life not only as a place to be seen, but as a living and breathing organism with a definite personality and wild characters. This is one that will impact my work forever.


    15. "It is in daily life, looking around for restaurants and shops and for a place to live, that we find our way about the city. And it is necessary to find one's own way in New York. New York City is not hospitable. She is very big and she has no heart. She is not charming. She is not sympathetic. She is rushed and noisy and unkempt, a hard, ambitious, irresolute place, not very lively, and never gay. When she glitters she is very, very bright, and when she does not glitter she is dirty. New York d [...]


    16. Insightful and poignant. Skillfully observed and written, The Long-Winded Lady is a compilation of short, and sometimes very short pieces Maeve Brennan wrote for the New Yorker's Talk of the Town column. Mostly from the nineteen sixties they depict New York City at a transitional moment, when the brownstones were coming down and the skyscrapers going up. Told with pathos and skill Brennan is the fly on the wall, rarely involved in the scenes she depicts, many of which are set in restaurants wher [...]


    17. True confession: I skimmed this book in haste, leaving a good chunk of it unread. This is what happens when your interlibrary loan arrives from the opposite end of the country, leaving you not much time with it. Of what I did read, there were several pieces I could take or leave, but the ones that gripped me were so superlative they stopped me in my tracks and made me feel profound gratitude for my accidental discovery of Maeve Brennan all over again. These include "Balzac's Favorite Food," "Pai [...]


    18. “Our friend the long-winded lady has written to us as follows:” Fifty-six gems of eccentric beauty. Throughout the nineteen fifties and sixties, Dublin-born Maeve Brennan contributed to The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” an ongoing series of “moments of recognition”: short, finely wrought “snapshots” of sights seen and people observed in a Manhattan that no longer exists. A self-proclaimed “traveler in residence,” the Lady is slightly mad and not a little melancholy, but t [...]


    19. A lovely collection of vignettes from The New Yorker magazine. Maeve Brennan wrote for The New Yorker from 1954-1981 but her short, witty pieces for The Talk of the Town column were mostly unsigned and simply noted as being from "The Long-Winded Lady." Brennan was not long-winded. She was a master at the brief, witty, sometimes acerbic snapshots of life in her Times Square/Village neighborhoods. ( This was the seedy era of Times Square before it became "Disney-fied" and like a shopping mall.) He [...]


    20. I loved, loved these essays. I bought this because I had read Angela Bourke's bio of Brennan, "Homesick at The New Yorker" and enjoyed it. Brennan's snippets about the streets of New York City are entrancing. She puts the reader right there with her, eavesdropping upon neighbors and nearby diners in small restaurants, walking down the dirty streets, watching graceful old buildings being torn down and replaced with ugly new ones, drinking martinis with her as she reads the papers. It made me want [...]


    21. Maeve is an interesting author journalist with a colorful life that included alcoholism. Came to the US as a teenager from Ireland and became a writer for the New Yorker magazine. She wrote the Talk of the Town column for many years. Her stories/essays in this book are scenes from NYC life in the 50 and 60s for the most part. Very enjoyable especially if you have spent a fair amount of time in Manhattan. I could actually picture some of the street corners and sites she describes as well as the t [...]


    22. This collection of essays is the kind of thing you want to read on a series of cold afternoons, swaddled in a blanket and drinking a cup of tea - or sitting on a stool at your favorite neighborhood bar. I say a series because Brennan's musings are best enjoyed as intended, with breaks in between to digest and appreciate. Her take on mid-century Manhattan is clear-eyed but loving and evocative.


    23. Perceptive, sad, insightful, bitter, and comic - all these words describe Maeve Brennan's "prose snapshots" of New York City written between 1954 and 1981 and published in The New Yorker. An extremely enjoyable book. Definitely worth tracking down.


    24. Completely delicious and delightful collection of columns that capture New York moments. I loved that they had all the sense of place and culture of their time (1960s), yet most were the oddities and bits of magic of the city today.


    25. I liked this a lot, though I read it too quickly. It should be savoured over a few weeks or even months. It consists of New Yorker Talk-of-the-Town pieces, written mostly in the fifties and early sixties,a period I remember well in NY.


    26. I loved this. These are short essays that give such a great glimpse into New York City in the 1960's. I felt like I was sitting in some of those window seats in restaurants with her, observing New Yorkers in their daily lives.



    27. Many of these pieces read like prose versions of Edward Hopper's metropolitan paintings, with a similar feeling of crystalline unspoken loneliness. Essential reading for any solitary urban-dweller.



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