(Auden in NY)
What are somethings that you like most about NYC?
I like it that the people who live here have guts. I like it that we're good in a pinch, even though half the time we'll walk over your dying body if we're late to work. I like that the bagels are good and the hot dogs are better. I like the High Line and the Cloisters and the Promenade and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the bike path leading to the George Washington Bridge. I like that the city is the show. I like Dressler and Moto and Five Leaves and Lombardi's and Vinegar Hill House and Balthazar and Snack Taverna. I like that when I return to the neighborhood where I was born and raised, people recognize me. I like that you can create your own village here, and that you can disappear if it suits you. I like that you can be completely yourself and no one cares. I like that you can be Giselle or Angelina or Bono and everyone pretends not to care. I like the hidden gardens and the unexpected beauty of rooftop oases. I like that you can get almost anywhere on public transportation at any hour of the day. I like that the most creative people in the world live here. I like the intensity and energy and rigor. I like that wonderful, spontaneous things happen here.
Watch this and weep.
Will you always live in New York? Or a big city?
I have lived in big cities (New York, Cairo, London) and small cities (Cambridge, Boston, Geneva), but I have never lived in the country. One day I want to experience what it's like to bring the chickens in at night and eat from my garden and look out into a field full of bluebells. I'd like to think I'll live somewhere else for a while, knowing that I'll always have New York to come home to.
Will you change jobs?
God, I hope so. Someone please hire me.
What are your unfulfilled dreams that you are actually determined to fulfill?
I want to see West Africa. I want to learn French. I want to do something that means something to me.
(via Suicide Blonde)
Do you like yourself?
Mostly, most of the time, though I can self-flagellate with great aplomb.
do you think Canadians should just submit and become Americans? (you said anything, and I'm a dueler (a Camerican as I'd like to say)). be as politically incorrect as possible.
As a self-respecting American, I exist in a state of willful and blissful ignorance about Canada. Wait - that's not true. I lived with a Canadian for a year while I was in Cairo, and all I can say is that she spoke French with a weird accent and fired our Egyptian housecleaner for pilfering her stash of chocolate chips. What does it all mean? It means that Canadians should stop wearing those silly flags on their backpacks. It's irritating. Quit it. And that's all I'm going to say aboot that.