Hello! A video message from me on this gorgeous day in New York. Forgive the upspeak, but I'm really that happy, y'know? We hit 50% last night and I'm incredibly grateful to all of you who have pledged. Please help me maintain the momentum and spread the word to anybody you know who might be interested!
I also wanted to share with you a visually-stunning but very gloomy near-elegy for London in today's New York Times. Reading this piece, I thought a lot about Angela - a character I created as somebody who was born and raised in London, but who would see the city depicted in this article as almost a foreign country. She is someone who lives in the world city, but whose experiences of it have been tightly constrained. She probably didn't go to the Tate Modern until that very nice, very middle-class girlfriend dragged her there to see something that Angela thought a five-year-old could have made. Her father drives the Circle Line, but when was the last time any of them had reason to alight at Westminster or South Kensington? Angela's world is the Harrow Road and the Grand Union Canal, Wormwood Scrubs and the Kensal Town Estate, the Barlby Arms and the Red Lion and the Hope and Anchor. Places nobody really thinks about when they think about London. Places Neely certainly didn't grant prime mental real estate when she was planning the life she was going to have just as soon as she made it to the capital. But they're both there now, this native and this newcomer, and the city is going to move them along as it bloody well pleases.
That final picture of the couple on the canal? Nice one.
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