Friday, October 03, 2014

About Those Ducks, Holden

"About those Ducks, Holden,"  was originally published in 1998 as a part of my book Red-tails in Love. It ends that book's  first chapter, the one called "Feeding the Birds.  That little piece  has been republished quite a number of times over the years. Most recently it was included in a collection of writings about the park called,Central Park: an Anthology.  Compiled by Andrew Blauner, it was originally available as a paperback. Now it has just come out as an audio book, with the various authors reading their own pieces.  Here is a link to this latest version, [on which "About those Ducks, Holden" is read by myself] followed by the publisher's customary sales pitch. 

The link:

The sales pitch:

Central Park is perhaps the most well-trod and familiar green space in the country. It is both a refuge from the city and Manhattan's very heart; a respite from the urban grind and a hive of activity all its own. Eight hundred forty-three carefully planned acres allow some 37 million visitors each year to come and get lost in a sense of nature. Unsurprisingly, the park also inspires a wealth of great writing, and here Andrew Blauner collects some of the finest fiction and nonfiction - 20 pieces in all, with classics sprinkled among 13 new ones commissioned from great New York writers.

Bill Buford spends a wild night in the park; Jonathan Safran Foer envisions it as a tiny, transplanted piece of a mythical Sixth Borough; and Marie Winn answers definitively Holden Caulfield's question of where the ducks go when the park's ponds freeze over. There are bird sightings and fish sightings; Jackie Kennedy and James Brown sightings; and pieces by Colson Whitehead, Paul Auster, and Francine Prose. This vibrant collection presents Central Park in all its many-faceted glory, a 51-block swath of special magic.

PS  I believe the price of the audio book is $2.99. If you click on the link you'll find instructions for registering and then ordering the book.The process was too complicated for me,  alas, and so I don't have a copy of this audio book yet.