an extreme way to not leave manhattan
New Yorkers are mostly awesome, but—and I say this with love—they can be severely delusional about themselves. Primarily when it comes to just how tolerant they are. For some reason, it is socially acceptable in this city to make fun of/be snobby about certain groups, such as:
1) People from New Jersey
2) Right wingers
3) People who live in Manhattan and don’t leave it/don’t know the other boroughs
I bring this up because I am (big shocker!) #3. At least on weekends, I don’t go north of the 14th street frontier. I get how the tendency to stay in one’s neighborhood could sound lame, but it’s not like I’m prancing around the Coach store. It’s just that I like where I live and my friends are nearby.
I love Julia Sweeney
I don’t care too much for the Pat character that she made popular on SNL, but her monologue shows are so funny and thought provoking. I was only familiar with God said ‘Ha!’, wherein she speaks of her brother’s and her own struggles with cancer.
I’m currently watching Letting Go of God and am about halfway into it. She makes her spiritual journey so damn entertaining. I love all the reading she did that she’s sharing with the audience.
She does the first 15 minutes of this monologue as part of a TEDTalk, if you’re interested. It starts off with her being 7 and learning about the Age of Reason and the lack of Santa Claus. Oh and she pokes some of fun at the Mormon missionaries who visited her current neighborhood.