The Synthetic Sublime

The Synthetic Sublime

Ozick?s essay ?The Synthetic Sublime? talks about New York?s disappearances and reappearances every 75-100 years as a new city with new immigrants, new pursuits, and new shapes, faithfully inconstant by the ambition that builds the city. ?A farmer arriving from Italy to set up a small grocery store in a slum, or a young girl arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart,? are some of the ambitious people that make up New York. Some others in Ozick?s essay such as Willa Gather begin in Red Cloud, Nebraska, ended on Bank Street and Jackson Pollock, born in Cody, Wyoming, landed in New York. Why New York– whatever the season is?is ambition. The author

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