Coney Island, one of our favorite places of all time, is a hot bed of literary inspiration. From shoot the freak to the cyclone, Coney Island experiences have provided us with days of discussion, documentation, and creative motivation.
Many artists including Robert Mapplethorpe and Patty Smith have connected with this beloved place. In our search for historic documentarians of New York, there is no one who has created more powerful images of Coney Island than today’s literary lady, Diane Arbus.
She once said, “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” We encourage you to keep this quote and her photos in mind while you seek out fodder for your literary life.