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There is always that push and pull when it comes to living in New York: you love it, but you could probably do without the high rent, weird people, garbage, crazy cab drivers, loud noises pumping out from the streets at all hours of the day, and all the other random distractions that come with life as a New Yorker. Reading the essay collection Goodbye to All That really gives you a sense of the intense love/hate relationship most people have with living in New York and the conflicted feelings they might have about leaving no matter how much they love it, or how much they detest it.

That’s why when we started talking with Sari Botton, the editor of the collection, about a possible event where a handful of our favorite writers read to us about either staying put or getting the hell out, we knew we had to have Mike Albo, Emily Gould, Alexander Chee, Chloe Caldwell, Anna Holmes, Choire Sicha, Jon-Jon Goulian, Michelle Dean, Elissa Bassist, and Isaac Fitzgerald all reading.

Thankfully they all said yes, and on December 2nd at Housing Works, they will all take the stage and maybe help you decide if New York City is still the place for you.

The event is free and starts at 7 pm. RSVP at Facebook.

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