August 2nd, 2007

A View of the Rubble From Ninth Avenue

Yesterday, as I was coming into the men's locker room at the JCC after my second stint in the steam room -- I'm having a revival of respiratory distress -- I looked up at the television to see what looked like the results of a terrorist attack. The elderly gentleman standing beneath the set looked over at me and said, with a thick New York accent of the stereotypically Jewish sort, "Don't worry. It's only Minneapolis."

I immediately thought of Saul Steinberg's famous "map," which made a huge impression on as a child. Now I remember how much most Americans disliked New York before 9/11, back when it was just a notch above San Francisco on the antipathy scale. And I can also see why.