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Monday, September 25, 2006


Yesterday I went to Brooklyn for the first time, to have lunch with the novelist Amitav Ghosh and his family. While there I realized I was, eighty or so years late, in the area where "A View From the Bridge" is set. I did go up a road mentioned in the play (Flatbush Avenue, where Mike and Louis go bowling).

I have to say that the area is nothing like its description in the play. Today it is reasonably affluent, pretty, and on the whole a decent place to live in, although it lacks the life of Manhattan (especially the Village). It is still pretty Italian, however.

I also saw the movie "The Last Kiss", with Zach Braff. It isn't as good as "Garden State", but I did really like, especially the ending. Definitely worth watching!


Blogger a.v.koshy said...

so brooklyn has changed from the place it was in "a tree grows in brooklyn bridge" eh? did you see the bridge? isn't hart crane talking of brooklyn bridge in his long, famous poem "the bridge?" you met amitav ghose - well, i can only envy you... good to hear you're having such a good holiday - i'm just sitting here correcting stuff and the only kind of traveeling i'm doing this time is virtual :) - oh by the way there was this water festival duing dod and i met avanti and she more or less won for the debate...

11:28 AM  
Blogger a.v.koshy said...

that should be travelling...

11:29 AM  
Blogger a.v.koshy said...

damn typos - a few more corrections - the novel is called a tree grows in brooklyn, not a tree grows in brooklyn bridge - and i meant during not duing - shit

8:56 PM  
Blogger theworldsbiggestgrimmettfan said...

i did see the bridge, which is rather spectacular. water festival? that sounds interesting, what was it?

better than meeting ghosh (who was really nice) is the experience of a great university town like new haven.

part of the good of having a writer father is the fact that publishers are an excellent source of interesting (and free) books. thanks to his american publisher, ecco press (part of harpercollins) i am now the richer by a couple of excellent poetry books as well as a book that should interest you, "Dylan's Visions of Sin" by the legendary poetry critic christopher ricks, which looks like an interesting exploration of dylan's lyrics.

6:50 PM  
Blogger a.v.koshy said...

yeah i would love to read that ricks book - the water fest was a series of events like debate etc built around the theme of water...dod- held by 8th standard

8:21 AM  

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