Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gotham and Metropolis

"New York is a real place, but it is also Batman's Gotham and Superman's Metropolis. It is, to many Americans, simply, 'The City,' quintessentially American and foreign simultaneously."
Richard Schechner, Performed Imaginaries

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New York Myths

"I consider almost everything that is often said about New York to be false. To begin with, the city is not that big or that worldly. An astonishing number of people who live there rarely leave their borough, let alone the country."
Eula Biss, Notes from No Man's Land

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Second Chances

"New York is a city that plays against type. The taxi driver is a Joyce scholar. The academic-looking man will hit you with a tire iron and run off with your wallet. It is also a city of second and third chances, glorious reinvention and magical holes in the wall that one could never predict. Some version of Narnia's wardrobe hides behind every doorway or flight of stairs."
J.F. Englert, A Dog Among Diplomats