We finally got around to reading the profile of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in the New Yorker. Certainly, he's got his quirks. But we liked learning about what Lagerfeld, who reads in English, French, German, and Italian, thought about one famous American writer:
“For me, the perfect writing is E. B. White—that’s how one should write English. The sound, the language, what it evokes for me. I see New York with the eyes of his book about New York."
Lagerfeld must be referring to White's Here is New York. He also likes Emily Dickinson - who knew? Lagerfeld himself has a imprint at a publishing house, focusing mainly on photography and art, but has published a diet book that tells you how he lost 92 pounds so he could wear skinny suits. C'est la vie!
A recent series of essays about New York that we enjoyed is Colson Whitehead's The Colossus of New York. What are some books about New York that you like?