and they say chi-town

Chicago is the great American city. New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington wink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable beyond the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St. Louis has become the golden arch of corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.
— Norman Mailer

And there we go. See you Tuesday!


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Melissa on January 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I can attest that indeed, nights in Kansas City close early. We had friends over Friday for dinner and to watch the latest Star Trek movie on our new Blu-Ray thing. (Finally entered the 21st century and got an HD tv for Christmas.) About 3/4 of the way through the movie I realize, oh dear! I’ve dozed off and hope my head hasn’t been bobbing up and down for who knows how long! I recover myself and look around – everyone else is snoozing too and it was only 9:45!!! Mike tried to act like he wasn’t but he can’t fool me. Could have been the wine… we were compelled to open a 1997 Silver Oak just b/c it needed drinking. And we did love it. The ’99 Rombauer that followed was equally delicious! Who cares about Star Trek anyway.


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  3. Posted by Al on January 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure I destroy that whole stereotype about Midwesterners being nice.


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