"Returning from the Midwest to New York is like driving full speed into a wall. The city slams you. Middle America is all about drift and suspension. It's the pervasiveness of the mall-culture mentality; all of life becomes an aimless wafting on currents of synthesized sound, through the well- conditioned air. In New York, you walk down the streets like that, you're dead meat."
Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats