This is an essential O’Hara primer/love letter:
“In his hands, mundane details of city life are magically amplified. In O’Hara’s New York there is a “Heaven on Earth Bldg / near the Williamsburg Bridge” where the young of America can repair with “pleasant strangers” after a night at the movies…
In O’Hara’s New York, the “drunken and credulous” latrines on 14th Street are to be preferred to the ones on 53rd Street for furtive trysts; the neon sign at the Cedar Tavern is good luck to rub ; and there is a “Paradise Bar” on St Marks Place.”
- by Ryan Ruby, it’s a worthy read, for sure.