Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Human Expresiveness

"Most people are in New York because they need evidence—in large quantities—of human expressiveness; and they need it not now and then, but every day. That is what they need. Those who go off to the manageable cities can do without; those who come to New York cannot."
Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City

Monday, March 27, 2017

Old Alarm Clock

"New York is awful I think. After racking my brains I just this minute decided it is like a battered-up old alarm clock that insists on gaining five or six hours a day & has to be kept lying on its side."
Elizabeth Bishop, Words in Air

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Odd Truth

"It is an odd truth about New York, a city of millions of people, of five boroughs and hundreds of square miles: but one will inevitably stumble upon one's ex."
Daniel Polansky, A City Dreaming