Friday, January 17, 2020

New York, New York, It's a Helluva Town...

It's a miracle that New York works at all. The whole thing is implausible... By rights, New York should have destroyed itself a long time ago, from panic or fire or rioting or failure of some vital supply line in its circulatory system or from dome deep labyrinthine shortcircuit. Long ago the city should have experienced an insoluble traffic snarl at some impossible bottleneck. It should have been touched in the head by the August heat and gone off its rocker. .. There is not enough air and not enough light, and there is usually either too much heat or too little. But the city makes up for its deficiencies by supplying its citizens with massive doses of a supplementary vitamin; the sense of belonging to something unique, cosmopolitan, mighty and unparalleled.

(E.B. White, 1899 - 1985)

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