"Notes on How To Live in New York"

When your family questions your sanity, you’ll say moving here is about needing to live and work beside other artists, which even to you may sound like bullshit. Move anyway and allow a reason to come. Don’t starve yourself. Don’t buy pizza in places that also sell falafel. Let people off the subway before getting on, and listen to the guy who sits outside the bodega because sometimes he sings. Work. Live in many different apartments. Have many roommates. Be open to their wardrobe even if we’re talking about umbrellas as dresses. Build a tribe of friends; eat brunch with them. Work. When visitors from out of town say they could never live here, an appropriate response is: No one is asking you to.