By Andrew Silow-Carroll
IN 1974, New York Times columnist John Corry could write confidently that “the Upper West Side... block for block, has more celebrated intellectuals than anywhere else in the city”.
To prove it, he wrote about an annual gathering at 370 Riverside Drive, in an apartment overlooking the Hudson River.
“At Hannah Arendt’s New Year’s Eve party, West Side intellectuals with European backgrounds gather in one room, and West Side intellectuals with American backgrounds gather in another,” he wrote.
“The Europeans are in the room with the liqueurs and chocolates. The Americans are in the room with the whisky.”
The idea of Hannah Arendt hosting raucous parties in a Manhattan apartment may come as a surprise to those who only know her as the German-Jewish exile whose brooding works include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition and the still controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem, about the mastermind of the Final Solution.
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