Thomas Beller is the author of three books, Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist, and How To Be a Man, and editor of three anthologies. He teaches at Tulane.

NYR DAILY

Negative Space

Central Park, New York, c. 1970s

There is so much action in New York one is sometimes perversely excited by those moments, or those places, when one is not part of it. Where nothing is happening. These places, in turn, become little air-pockets of possibility—what I call negative space. They are unidentified, off the grid, the staging areas for trysts, seductions, encounters. They are the places where crimes are committed, of one kind or another. The most conspicuous, hiding-in-plain-sight negative space in New York is Central Park.