On Success, New York
Last week, Anand Ghiridharadas shared an interesting perspective on success in conjunction with New York and the imminent mayoral election.
Opening the short opinion piece with a note on Anthony Weiner’s groin (at this point, it’s just too difficult not to, isn’t it?), Ghiridharadas goes on to ask a series of interesting questions: “Will [New York] remain an incubator of greatness, or become a catchment basin for the already great and their regressing-to-the-mean descendants? Will it continue to be the city to which people think to flee when they’ve boxed up their things in Kansas or Chengdu, tired of their narrow reality? Will it be a place where people can bend their fate?”
Drawing from the experiences of one E.B. White (“Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion”), Patti Smith and more contemporarily, the hit HBO show stars from Girls, the writer postulates that New York is becoming more and more a city of the quotient providing the solidity and continuity and because of the vast, universal gentrification in the city, may not really function as a hot bed for the contingent that accrues the City’s passion the way it used to.
Hmm. Agree or disgaree? Click over the read the full article here and then come back and tell us what you think.
[Is New York Only for the Successful? via The New York Times.]