Private: Lopate’s personal walking tour of Manhattan

Matt Weiland is lukewarm about Phillip Lopate’s Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan, calling it a “lollygagging book.” “At his best,” Weiland says, the author

evinces a passionate curiosity, an unapologetic lack of expertise and an eye for the ironies of history…. But Lopate has no reporter’s eye and, worse, no reporter’s will.

An excerpt from the book, “On The Aesthetics of Urban Walking and Writing,” appears at Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.