“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”
- John Updike
Not a New Yorker (yet..:)) but it made my day.
I think the same can be said about Londoners!
I think you’ve posted this quote before (on 2/12/2010) and there were quite a lot of critical comments.
We are too little in a too big world. And now, with 7 billions, it is a case of self-defense to think our place is the only worth of living. We can be driven mad just at the thought the other inhabitants of this grain of powder. The cure for this is trying to know the most people we can. Let us enjoy internet!
I’m a born and raised New Yorker, and this is so, so true.
@Lisa. Wow, you’re an attentive reader. And yes, I know I posted it before. I consider my blog my personal visual archive which also reflects moods, tastes, interests I am currently going through. I felt strongly about posting this again. It has been on my mind recently.
And I am amazed how people take offense in this quote. To me, it’s light hearted and quite humorous.
I love NY. LOVE it. But I’ve nerver put anyone on a pedastoll for inhabiting a place. Any place. For you not to see that it’s a putdown, you have to be, in some sense, kidding.
As a New Yorker, who thinks often about moving, i can relate.
I was in Sydney for a few weeks recently and there is definitely the same vibe there – that right here, right now, in Sydney, is the very heart of modern civilisation – why would you want to be anywhere else? what else is there?
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