Lady’s Night on the Town

Young people love New York City. They love the grand size, the shopping opportunities, and the legacy of glitz and stardom. This isn’t just where William Irish wrote Deadline at Dawn; this is where that novel took place, in six exciting hours.

This city attracts the young because for a few precious days, they too are stars. With their hometown problems left behind, they photograph themselves giggling at Rockefeller Center, with a soft-serve ice cream in hand. There’s a lot of money to be spent today, because a city vacation entails temporarily living completely outside of one’s means.

From Aspinwall and Burr Oak, wide-eyed families visit New York. Their cares consist of fresh battery charges, and an ambitious itinerary. They don’t live or work here. They’ve not seen it all before. To this writer—who remembers the fresh experience—it’s exciting to watch the young newbies in the big city. They are like a ladybug, getting lost to the action of a wild bouquet. Excerpt from the book WHAT HAPPENED TO VICKY LEE? A COLLECTION OF STORIES (2013)

Lady’s Night on the Town (2010)

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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