• New York is perhaps the only place in America where you feel at the centre and not at the margins, in the provinces, so for that reason I prefer its horror to this privileged beauty, its enslavement to the freedoms which remain local and privileged and very particularized, and which do not represent a genuine antithesis.

    Italo Calvino (2014). “Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings”, p.86, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt