Complaining is the natural opera of New York. The arias spill out onto the streets, over tablecloth, between smartphones.
That’s all you get.
New York City doesn’t love you. Why would think you’re in a relationship with New York? It’s not a boyfriend or a parent. New York will never give you its approval because New York City is too busy being New York City to care about you.
New York’s indifference to your plight makes you strong. Fall to your knees and thank New York for making you strong.
New York doesn’t miss me. I don’t even think New York knows I’m
There are plenty of great reasons to live on the West Coast. Tacos. Fish tacos. I can spend my days literally staring directly into the warm Southern California sun.
New York doesn’t get jealous. New York doesn’t care about Los Angeles.
But I am starting to care. Just a teensy bit. I just wish more people out here on the fringe of our civilization would complain more about traffic, flip-flops, and kale.
You know, the fact that L.A. is universally despised by the rest of the country is almost endearing. New Yorkers love an underdog.
As a native New Yorker who hasn’t had to survive living in the City as an adult, my love of NY is more innocent and nostalgic than this guy’s - and I’m lucky that NY and I have settled into a pretty functional open relationship - but, man, does he articulate some truth.
“If we truly want gender equality, we need to challenge the assumption that more is always better, and the assumption that men don’t suffer as much as women when they’re exhausted and have no time for family or fun. And we need to challenge those assumptions wherever we find them, both in the workplace and in the family.”—Rosa Brooks, in Foreign Policy, on “Why ‘leaning in’ is killing us.” I don’t hate Sheryl Sandberg, but Brooks’ perspective is refreshing, and in citing the fact that we’ve begun to value ubiquity above all, she suggests something I’ve been thinking about a lot: can we be honest that “flexibility” is really just a coping mechanism for working too much, NOT the end-state we should desire. Who’s going to be our generation’s Henry Ford in an era of Sheryl Sandberg?
“…while I often preach the importance of online authenticity, I’m left questioning what the digital age can and cannot capture, and what we are even trying to capture in the first place.”—digital diva @cschweitz having a change of heart? in @timemagazine Digital Love, Loss and Oversharing | TIME.com
“Make for yourself a teacher, acquire for yourself a friend.”— Studying this quote from Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers marked the beginning of an experience that forever changed my life. The visionary and benefactor behind that experience, Edgar M. Bronfman, died this weekend. While I did not know him well, I will be forever grateful for his legacy. May his memory be a blessing.
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I hope you and your loved ones are ok! Of course we at Tumblr wanted to help in some small way, but can only imagine the magnitude of what is left to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!
“1) Vision (I learn something, I’m inspired);
2) Validation (I’m accepted or justified);
3) Vindication (I’m right, cleared);
4) Vulnerability (I’m open); and
5) Vanity (Not egotism, but accidental narcissism. I’m important)”—These 5 Vs - summarizing our current social media engagement value system, according to Brian Solis - are pretty spot-on. (This So-Called Digital Life: Re-Evaluating the Value of Social Media)