From col­umn to cul­tural phe­nom­e­non

Fol­low the hum­ble be­gin­nings and rapid growth of Sex and the City

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - Steven Ku­rut THE NEW YORK TIMES

Be­fore six sea­sons of pre­mium ca­ble tele­vi­sion, be­fore end­less re­runs on ba­sic ca­ble, be­fore a hit movie and a se­quel, be­fore Manolo Blah­nik be­came a house­hold name, be­fore the fan bus tours to Car­rie’s stoop, the rise and fall of Bleecker Street, and Cyn­thia Nixon’s sur­prise cam­paign for gov­er­nor, be­fore all of that, there was a news­pa­per col­umn. Sex and the City first ap­peared in the New York Ob­server on Nov. 28, 1994.

The col­umn’s au­thor and cen­tral char­ac­ter, Can­dace Bush­nell, was then a 35-yearold free­lance writer with tal­ent and charm and just as much anx­i­ety over whether it was ever go­ing to hap­pen for her. Sarah Jessica Parker launched “SJP for Hog­a­rth,” an im­print in the Pen­guin Ran­dom House.

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