Streams of Consciousness

Digital arts journal Underwater New York recently held a reading in Bryant Park devoted to stories inspired by objects found in New York’s waterways. They ranged from the tale of a survivalist family installing a formica dinette in their bunker to that of a peripatetic diplomat regarding a plastic flute. Author Said Sayrafiezadeh told the story of how he and his wife threw a bottle of momentoes into the Hudson on their wedding day. The event (and journal) grew out of a New York magazine article about objects known to exist underwater around New York City. “We’re a collection of stories, music and art and we want to remain that,” editor Helen Georgas said. “But we’re interested in the waterways, in preserving them and making sure that they continue to exist and be thought about and cared about.”

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