“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter—the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these trembling cities the greatest is the last—the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion. And whether it is a farmer arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh yes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company… .”—E.B White “Here is New York” from Essays of E.B White (via minusmanhattan and the lovely Kate)
I have for you a lineup of things to expect in the coming weeks.
So I’ve been listening to a lot of good music lately in order to expand my music goto’s which I feel very comfortable with. So I’ll be posting up some of the best songs that I’ve been finding.
Also, I have a few photo-series that I have yet to put up, so keep an eye out for those next week! They include one taken in Milan as well as a series of self-portraits.
To those that it interests I will be spending shabbat this week in the Old City of Jerusalem. Due to shabbat concerns there will not be pictures, but I will try to write a post detailing my experience.
Also, as riots and protests continue to unfold in the middle-east, I will try to prepare some thoughts. But for now I would like to direct you to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/world/middleeast/17sharp.html?_r=1&hp . This article profiles Mr. Gene Sharp, a political theorist who specializes in forms of non-violent protest. This article really intrigued me because it highlights the power of ideas to move people. Hopefully from these protest will come a time when these people of these countries can experience a renewed sense of freedom and self-government. More on these thoughts later.
As for now, keep reading the news and keep riding the WAVE-LENGTH