The blues

A story in today's New York Times takes the pulse, as we say in the news business, of the cultural capital of blue America. For me, this tour of New York is grimly fascinating. It's like a car wreck. Horrible, but I can't look away. Are we all like this? Or did Joseph Berger use an experimental software program developed at the Columbia J school to find the half dozen or so smuggest people in the city? It's like a gallery of those fuzzy New Yorker cartoons brought to life with a wave of Harry Potter's magic wand.

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