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08 February 2007


Will B

Okay, so I see two ways that one can "work hard for" NYC. And I think that may be part of the problem, especially for non-native NYers.

So many Midwestern people work hard to get to NYC at all. To arrive, after that work, and find that it's just as much work to sustain life in the City -- that can generate resentment.

And you shouldn't underestimate how much of the work of getting to NYC is being different from your peers in the Midwest. Wanting to live in NYC is like a goofy cape that teenagers wear to set themselves apart. But that setting-apart is hard, even when it's within a familiar, very American script.


very interesting, but I don't agree with you

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