Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Amiable Child in the Times

Robert Benchley's favorite place in New York (and it wasn't "21") makes the New York Times today, the Amiable Child Monument. It is written by Corey Kilgannon, one of my favorite Times reporters:

There, maybe 100 yards northwest of the tomb, is a monument on the west side of Riverside Drive devoted to a much lesser known person than President Grant: St. Claire Pollock, who died at age 5 in 1797. This is the Amiable Child Monument, a small, simple urn on a pedestal surrounded by iron fence, and perhaps the only single-person private grave on city-owned land in New York City, and it has inspired a book of poetry and a contemporary mystery novel.

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