Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Reading the New Yorker this morning,  §

I’ve decided that the main difference between New York and Los Angeles is about 10 years.

There are now real grown-ups or real children in either place; everyone that’s really modifies themselves in every way in an attempt to seem older and everyone that’s really old modifies themselves in every way in an attempt to seem younger.

The only difference is that in Los Angeles the “ideal age” that everyone desperately tries to achieve and maintain is a permanent 21 years old, whereas in New York the “ideal age” that everyone desperately tries to achieve and maintain is a permanent 31 years old.

Los Angeles idolizes the vain, stupid, drunken post-teen with the intense, life-consuming fashion identity; New York idolizes the ironic, sardonic, successful-but-still-too-young-for-marriage-or-kids sophisticate.