Never Say “Doll”

I had a really lucky time in New York recently — running into a number of fascinating people, both vinyl and flesh. See this Out of Towner column in The New York Times.

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  • Susan Scharf Link

    Just finished your article in the NYTimes, “All Those Great Stories, Crying to Be Overheard.” The paragraph about the, “elderly couple amble along, her arm in his” was especially touching.

  • Love the article. I’m fascinated by what people say to their dogs out in public.. Central Park is a rich theatre of “weedling lectures ” people give their dogs… I wonder why they do that? Dogs don’t care and are entirely unaffected by what the human on the other end of the leash says…. Still, fun to watch and overhear.

  • Connie Link

    Your article made me remember something I saw yesterday; a young(ish) man singing an affectionate little song to his dog, in the street. He was totally unself-consciousness about it. It made me smile.

  • Cindy A Link

    I’m putting The High Line on my list for the next trip to NYC!

  • I read your article today about the “Digby” family. Many years ago, I was on a World Cruise on a Holland American ship (the Rotterdam, I think) and the Digby family was on the ship. We all wondered about them. Digby went everywhere with them. They would pose him all over the ship. If they were out sunbathing, then Digby was in his sun outfit and posed on a lounge. They had clothes made for him so as to match their clothes. One time I remember that they were looking for a babysitter for Digby as he had to be left at home in their cabin and couldn’t be left alone. Digby was a very cute doll. He looked very life-like. I enjoyed reading about them. I hadn’t thought about them for ages. As I remember, Digby was quite new when he was on the ship. I also remember their telling people that they found Digby in a Paris flea market. Those must be quite interesting markets.

  • In New York you don’t need a Kindle, a smart phone, a newspaper, or a magazine; just sit, watch, and listen to all that is around you.

  • So, you’re “in the know” about vinyl people. If the truth be known, I imagine you’ve been on a first-name basis with quite a few mannequins over the years as well.

  • Terrific piece, Ruth. Congrats.

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  • Sheryl Link

    Just finished reading your NYTimes piece. Brilliant. imagine all the folks who rush through the days, oblivious to all the priceless and enchanting details you’ve found. There are so many of them.

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