My mom doesn’t save much from my childhood; she’s not sentimental in the slightest. Yet somehow she printed out this email, which I wrote during my first summer living in New York, and saved it. Now that I’m moving to LA, this is the perfect time to look back on my mercurial relationship with New York. I present to you my first impressions as a resident (’cause it’s not at all the same experience for a tourist). This would be much better as a dramatic reading, but use your imagination. All spelling and grammatical errors, in addition to overly emotional writing is all in tact. (Also, note the awesome email addresses.)
Subj: letter: new york city blues
Date: 6/19/02 1:59:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Ok, that’s it. I need to vent. This goddamn city is going to give me a heartattack. First you think, wow people here do have manners, they are polite. There are some areas that are so cultural and artistic and those places make you love new york. But then, a big BUT – most people on the streets are rude, obnoxious, un-friendly, un-smiling, seemingly un-happy and all other un’-s you can think of. Some people hold doors for you and others slam them on your face- there’s more of the latter. So many people here have such an attitude I actually feel sorry for them underneath all my frustration. And those that are willing to go out of their way for you, will only go ever so slightly, enough for you to think they’re decent people but not nice. Godforbid someone has manners here! If you have manners you’re either attracted to the person you are bestowing these good manners upon or you’re perceived as an out of towner or a push over. Fuck that! I know there are cities on this earth that do not have this problem. And while new york city offers everything for everyone, it offers no welcoming hand- rather a hand reaching out for money. And things with work are so as usual- not doing much, not learning how this magazine runs, not learning what the hell people do here, still trying to figure what I will write on my resume about my experiences here. 7 out of 10 times a day I want to cry about something- I never realized how sensitive I am until I got here and every thing and everybody makes me want to either hysterically cry or start boxing. You can not have thin skin here and if you do you’ll grow a thick one pretty quick. And it is sad in a way. How can anyone be artistic or spiritual here? Why here?! What are people in love with here? I doubt anything real. Everyone revolves around they’re own world and if you’re not in their sphere, forget about getting in. A trillion people and everyone spins in their own little orbit. How sad! I could move to a city with only 1,000 people and meet more people than in a city full of millions or trillions. I wish someone would should me what the fuss is all about here in new york city. It’s also very sad that everything I think I want to do is centered here- hell on earth. It’s dirty and smelly even in the nice, good areas. All this diversity and no one is diverse. All these people to meet and no one is out-going. Sorry this letter is so depressing but jesus! I need to get this all out before I explode and fist fight the next person that looks at me the wrong way. I don’t know whether to be nice or to take on a hard, unapproachable shell for the summer. I fluctuate between the two every minute. This place just hasn’t been my bag yet. Still waiting. Print this out so I can look back and read it if I ever consider this place again in my life. I think after graduation (unless of course Rolling Stone opens their doors to me) I am moving somewhere in the south- like New Orleans or in the West like Phoenix- what a beautiful name that is for a city, with a name like that it has to be a great place. I’m a writer and I need to thrive in my environment and this place doesn’t fit my fingers. It’s just the wrong glove. And I still want to be a big part of the music industry more than anything b/c I need to discover artists that are more like the greats from the 40s and 60s and 70s and stop this one way marketing big bucks corporate crap that is on the airwaves today (excluding some greats like Alicia Keys your girl founded by Clive Davis a music industry legend). There’s no soul in music anymore, there’s no passion or spirituality, no heart-wrenching sacrifices anymore. And that’s because, in my opinion, it’s run by new york.
Next up: A love letter to New York and a goodbye.