Rutherfurd Remembers

Thoroughly Modern Manhattan

Nineteen-o'-nine was the last full year in the life of one of the greatest chroniclers of New York who ever lived. William S. Porter, known to the world as O. Henry, was the master of the short story with the surprise ending. When I was a child, I would sometimes play a game in which I imagined that a historical figure had come back to life, and I'd take him 'round the modern world, amazing him with its wonders. Sitting in the center section of a jumbo jet the other day coming in to JFK airport, I glanced at the empty seat beside me and began to play the game again. What, I wondered, if O. Henry were here, would he think of New York today? Read Essay.








Did You Know?
It was only in January 2013, that the French Government ended the law that made it illegal for women to wear trousers. This absurd law had been put in place in 1800 after the French Revolution as a way of discouraging women from taking their liberty too seriously and demanding being allowed to perform “men’s” duties. Though not enforced, the law still stood for 213 years, before officially being revoked by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France's minister of women's rights.

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