Feral City: On Finding Liberation in Lockdown New York
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About the Author
Jeremiah Moss, creator of the award-winning blog Vanishing New York, is the pen name of Griffin Hansbury. His writing on the city has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and online for The New Yorker and The Paris Review. As Hansbury, he is the author of The Nostalgist, a novel, and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.
A sublime and furious love letter to our city during the plague--to the months when we reclaimed our streets and lived most vividly even in the midst of death. A must for every New Yorker, and for everyone who has ever loved a place.--Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood and coauthor of Brothers of the Gun
Jeremiah Moss grapples with what happened when the private sector left the city at the height of the pandemic, and the people who share public space were left behind. Feral City asks the most complex questions: Who is the center of our culture? Who just owns the apparatus? What confrontations are necessary for our integrity as a collective? This story is a memory, a documentary, a personal journey, a political manifesto, a searing critique, a human embrace.--Sarah Schulman
The saddest and the most exhilarating book you will read this year. It is an epic of a liberated city, a philosophical investigation, a love poem addressed to at least a million New Yorkers, and a hex flung at those zombies Moss calls the 'hyper-normals.'--Lucy Sante
A brilliant story of being lost and finding a place when socially constructed ideas of how people can or should show up are dismantled.... Highly recommended...for anyone who has felt inexorably gutted and remade during the COVID pandemic.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
[R]azor sharp...shot through with pinpoint character sketches, incisive reportage...and lucid discussion of queer theory, this is a vital contribution to New York City history.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
A captivating chronicle driven by keen wit, a strong sense of place, and a clear love of a city's old soul.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"