5 thoughts on “Twenty Minutes in Manhattan

  1. If you look at my list of titles on Goodreads, you can see that I am interested in books that are in a specific place and time. In many ways I think I prefer that than to say ‘character.’ But then again I find cities and locations are very much character in the sense that the architectural or urban landscape is a narrative in itself and there lies the suspense and often tells how humans react to that environment.

    Michael Sorkin, like a skilled surgeon, writes about his neighborhood in lower Manh

  2. In Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, Michael Sorkin uses his rambling walk from home to work as a template for an equally rambling and varied book filled with thought provoking asides about living in NYC, and about the nature of cities and living spaces in general. It’s all over the place, which can make it somewhat difficult to get into, but it is worth going along with the author for the ride, as it’s a really enjoyable and wide ranging book once you get into it.

    It’s certainly not perfect, though.

  3. Sorkin is an interesting, grouchy, intellectual, with an elaborate (though fully comprehensible) writing style. An architect and urban planner in Manhattan, he takes the conceit of the book (the 20 minutes it takes him to walk from his home in Greenwich Village to his studio in Tribeca) and uses it to expand on ideas of history, politics, social issues, and some broad, tangential material that doesn’t deliver on the aforementioned conceit. I allowed myself to skim pages at a time, when his train

  4. The book is relatively well written although the style is pompous at best and a thinly veiled rant fundamentally driven by a sense of entitlement.

    (I grew up 10 blocks away from his apt during the same period that he moved there and i can guarantee you my working class family did not shop at Balducci’s or Jefferson Market because it was too expensive…. he was part of the wave of gentrification that has now left him behind and is whining because what happened to those of us who made up Little S

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