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Architecture and Morality

True to my ways, of course I had to begin this post with a title ripped from an 80’s synth pop record.

My impression of the subway so far is not too favorable. I found the map and the layout confusing. It’s not all that different from the Underground, but I liked the Underground better. I found the Underground slightly more intuitive for my severely directionally challenged mind. There was also less pealing paint. And hell, that “mind the gap” thing was pretty cute too. Everything is better with a British accent.

Mainly, I’m just bitter because I wound up at Yankee Stadium when I was supposed to be heading towards West Village. Really, I have no one to blame but myself for that one.

So, after I got out of there, I decided to just take an Uber. Otherwise, I would have missed the play I was supposed to see, and I’m glad now that I didn’t miss it.

Girls and Boys is a funny play in more ways than one. I did think that its emphasis on male violence was a little heavy-handed. I loved Carey Mulligan’s performance and the rigor and seriousness with which she dealt with the theme of violence and the specific topic of family annihilation. At the same time, I thought that the writing was flawed because it draws rather sweeping conclusions about men in general. While it is generally true that men are more violent than women and that there are serious social problems that need to be addressed, I don’t think that relying on this stereotype is always the right approach. When we couple racial and gender stereotypes, we get bad consequences, as we’ve seen time and time again.

I had to get down on my knees to take this photo of Grand Central Terminal from the stairs leading down to the Dining Concourse. People probably thought I was crazy, but I didn’t care! Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty for a better shot.

More GCT.

The Chrysler Building. I’m a sucker for all things Deco, so NY is clearly my kind of place.

My lunch at the Great Northern Hall, a delish Danish rye porridge!

PS: If you haven’t already, check out Rockwood Music Hall. I heard a band called the Felons and a vocalist named Liana Gabel today and rather enjoyed it.

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