"Nostalgia is denial — denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is golden age thinking — the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one’s living in — it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present."
— [Midnight in Paris]
"New York is a fiction of sorts, a construct, a story, into which you can walk at any moment and at any angle and end up blindsided, turned upside down, changed."
"There is always a part of New York that must keep moving—as if breath itself depends on being frantic, hectic, overwhelmed. I thought to myself that I should just clamber over the snowbank and walk down the other side of the street. But I waited and watched. Snow still fell on the shoveled walkway. Her silver frame slipped and slid. She looked up, caught my eye, gazed down again. There was the quality of the immigrant about her: something dutiful, sad, brave, a certain saudade, a longing for another place.”
~ Colum McCann
"In the meantime we agreed to forget our cares for the night. We took a little money from our savings and walked to Forty-second Street. We stopped at a photo booth in Playland (nyt)
to take our pictures, a strip of four for a quarter. We got a hotdog and papaya drink at Benedict’s,
then merged with the action.
Boys on shore leave,
abused tourists, and assorted victims of alien abduction. (mcny)
It was an urban boardwalk with Kino parlors, souvenir stands, Cuban diners, strip clubs, and late night pawnshops. (nyt)
For fifty cents one could slip inside a theater draped in stained velvet and watch foreign films with soft porn.”
~ Patti Smith, Just Kids