When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, first arrived in 1980, New York City was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a place where both life’s consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Strangers’ Gate is a vivid portrait of this time, told through the story of one couple’s journey—from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Through a series of comic mini-anthropologies that capture the fashion, publishing, and art worlds of the era, Adam Gopnik transports us from his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side to a SoHo loft, from his time as a graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the galleries of MoMA. Filled with tender and humorous reminiscences—including affectionate reflections on Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others—At the Strangers’ Gate is an ode to New York striving.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 The Blue Room
1 The Blue Room and the Big Store 3
2 The First Fall 20
3 Food Fight 39
4 My First Job 49
5 Seeing Theo 57
6 The Simple Logic of Summer Shirts 84
7 Men Making Pictures of Women Wearing Clothes 108
Part 2 The Big Store
8 SoHo, 1983 133
9 Writing 193
10 Sleeping and Talking 211
11 Wanderings 225