The City in Words


“They say fiction requires conflict; well, when New York was a war of all against all, you had all the conflict you could handle any time you put your feet on the street.”

At The Millions, Madison Smartt Bell reflects on arriving in New York “without a literary footprint,” and the subsequent years of reading and writing the city.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →