Friday, December 17, 2004

In 1953, John Steinbeck Got It Right

Am still reading the nonfiction book called "Only In New York" which Sarah gave it to me for my birthday.

On page 145, someone asked whether if the author John Steinbeck once worked in construction in New York. The New York Times answered that it is true and it also quoted what John Steinbeck said in 1953 which made me smile. After McConnell mentioned that he preferred New Mexico because of open space, majestic mountains, clean air and down to earth.

Nothing can beat New York.

Here is what he said in 1953: "New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it -- once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough. All of everything is concentrated here, population, theater, art, writing, publishing, importing, business, murder, mugging, luxury, poverty. It is all of everything. It goes all right. It is tireless and its air is charged with energy."

Bingo! He got it right.

Benis and I discussed that we felt very much safe here in New York than in the District because if I got mugged, someone is bound to witness this.

In a rural area, good luck.


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