Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brazenness



"Brazenness is in itself not to be condemned. In New York it is a necessary ingredient of success. You see it in the face of the Tammany politician, the Wall-street broker, the hotel manager, the subway director. Brazenness has been evolved in the struggle for existence in this chaos called Manhattan and it sits there in our faces by divine right. It is an asset. It will cow the world in time."
Benjamin DeCasseres, New York is Hell

Friday, May 26, 2017

New York Feelings



"New York had never frightened her. Annoyed her, yes. Pissed her off, occasionally. Disgusted and amazed her on a regular basis. But never scared her."
Nevada Barr, Liberty Falling

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Confusion



"The main thing I've noticed most about New York is that people who live here have no idea how anyone else in America lives, thinks or manages to survive. They seem to assume rural Americans mostly sit in barren 12x12 aluminum rooms and stare at mounted elk carcasses. However, it's worth noting that the rest of the country has the same confusion about New Yorkers, particularly in regard to their level of general rudeness (and cast members from the 1979 film ''The Warriors''). It has been my experience that strangers in New York are exceedingly friendly, almost to the point of being weirdly insecure."
Chuck Klosterman, The New York Times