It was less like seeing than like being for the first time seen...

29 April 2009


It was three years ago that he told me that, and we have lived in Los Angeles since. Many of the people we knew in New York think this is a curious aberration, and in fact tell us so. There is no possible, no adequate answer to that, and so we give certain stock answers, the answers everyone gives. I talk about how difficult it would be for us to "afford" to live in New York right now, about how much "space" we need. All I mean is that I was very young in New York, and that at some point the golden rhythm was broken, and I am not that young any more. --Joan Didion, "Goodbye to All That"

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