Monday, November 8th, 2010

Tony Judt Loved New York, But Sometimes It Brought Him Down

"To be sure, we all have our complaints. And while there is no other city where I could imagine living, there are many places that, for different purposes, I would rather be. But this too is a very New York sentiment."
The posthumous op-ed from Tony Judt in today's Times reads like a scholarly, world-history-considering version of LCD Soundsystem's "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down." Speaking of LCD Soundsystem, and how mind-blowingly awesome they are live (were we speaking of that? we should have been), they have a live-in-studio album (God, that sounds dumb, but you know what I mean, right?) coming out tomorrow. I'm very interested in it.

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sigerson (#179)

I can't tell you how much I loved Tony Judt's piece. It captured perfectly my view of this city, which I never considered home until after a life on both coasts, Asia and Europe (with a good chunk in flyover states). In those places, I always felt marked as a stranger in a strange land. But from the very first night in this city, I felt at home. In fact, from the moment I exited JFK terminal into a December blizzard and haggled with a Polish black car driver for a bandit fare into the city, I knew this was the place.

Brian (#115)

Any black folk in TJ's New York?

Joey Camire (#6,325)

I can't beleive no one else blew your skirt up about that analogy Dave, it's fantastic.

It was a great piece. It captured how I feel when I travel back to visit my family. It's home, but I'm not at home. Really, what a great piece.

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