Saturday, May 08, 2010

Comment on the Belmont Club:
"There Isn't Any Idea"

Once the world was in black and white and even the killers wore suits and ties and hats. We may be getting back to the values of a simpler age.

Hemingway said that Oak Park, where he grew up just outside of Chicago, was a city of "wide lawns and narrow minds." Chicago is different from NY. Everything in Chicago seems more clear cut and harder, even the racial and economic boundaries are much more clearly defined. Chicago is where ambition and produce were funneled in from up the Mississippi and around the Great Lakes and natives extracted wealth before shipping something out. The educated service communities exist in proximity but in a separate and hostile world. They really do not interact. NYC is not like that. In NY locals and foreigners and ambitious Americans interact more across blurred boundaries.

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