California vs. New York

“In Calif., a stranger is a friend until he proves otherwise; in NY, a stranger is an enemy until he proves otherwise. One uses up a lot of energy in NY by that hypothesis.”

–Susan Sontag, April 6, 1967
Notebooks and journals excerpted in the
New York Times Magazine
10 September 2006

1 thought on “California vs. New York

  1. This is good to know. I’ve had a lot of trouble explaining the difference to Spaniards, they just don’t get the whole East vs. West.L-Dogg

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