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December 29, 2010

Jeremiah is reading Half Empty by some guy named David Rakoff:

In his essay “Isn’t It Romantic,” he goes after the musical Rent for being bad in many ways. This quote from the essay stood out and I reproduce it here because how often does someone sum it all up so neatly?

“…New York was becoming far too expensive and criminally inhospitable to young people who tried to come here with dreams of making art, and how regrettable that the town’s vibrancy and authenticity were being replaced by a culture-free, high-end-retail cluster-fuck of luxury condo buildings whose all-glass walls essentially require a populace that doesn’t own bookshelves or, consequently, books.”

Obviously a must-read, and a flattering homage…

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