A cow pelvis, dangling from brown cord, throws shadows across the easterly wall of writer Stacy D’Erasmo’s Upper West Side living room. Beneath the hips rest three fist-sized vertebrae, all of which D’Erasmo gathered from the Wyoming plains. Though a native New Yorker, the author of novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, and The Sky Below appreciates prairie quietude; she has recreated that atmosphere in her apartment. Almost sculptural, D’Erasmo’s bone collection charges a pastoral decor enhanced by fresh light and bright yellow billy balls. Lean across D’ Erasmo’s writing desk—topped with repurposed bowling lane maple—and you’ll see the Hudson River.
Amidst this curated nature, D’Erasmo reads the final pages from The Sky Below, set in bustling Grand Central Terminal. Inspired by the balance of D’Erasmo’s prose and environment, we’ve doubled the frames of her video.
Video Editor: Justin Goncalves