Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Magnetic Rock

"He could see the island of Manhattan off to the left. The towers were jammed together so tightly, he could feel the mass and stupendous weight. Just think of the millions, from all over the globe who yearned to be on that island, in those towers, in those narrow streets! There it was, the Rome, the Paris, the London of the twentieth century, the city of ambition, the dense magnetic rock, he irresistible destination of all those who insist on being where things are happening — and he was among the victors!"
Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Heartbeat of the World

"New York is the heartbeat of the world. It is the most extraordinary city. If you have a good idea or even a bad idea, you can make it happen in New York."
Kelsey Gramer, My City, My New York

Monday, September 29, 2014


"New York's not related to anywhere; it has no kith or kin on this continent. Everywhere else is like everywhere else. But New York is like a divorcée looking for a richer second country."
A.A Gill, To America with Love