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I thought 'Homeland' was good, because they will be entering the 'summer of their years' at about the same time as the Empire collapses and the troops and corps finally come home. And the Chinese quietly take over.
Until very recently in the West, the whole concept of 'cocktails' would have been considered effete, affected nonsense by almost the entirety of the world's population. And they would have been right.
As noted in the article, there are really three separate stations, or more if you count the connected subways. Except for savvy commuters in perfect health, the place is a nightmare, besides being remarkably ugly. I believe the problem is class war. Up until the development of the airlines and the Interstate Highway System, in other words, until just after World War 2, the rich had to use the trains to get anywhere in a hurry. Thus, being the ruling class or close to it, they saw to it that the trains and the support structure were kept in good shape. Once they no longer needed the trains, they let them go to hell and even destroyed important parts of the system (like the old Penn Station). I suppose we're lucky they left anything.
On The Ten-Year Anniversary of the Time My Wedding Announcement Was Not Accepted by the Paper of Record
This is satire, right? These days I can never tell.
What is the problem? (Note that in mid-20th century American culture, saying that someone had 'problems', especially with the first vowel emphasized and lengthened, was a common putdown, at least among the youth. Fifty years later, 'issues' began to be substituted for 'problems': 'He's got issues.' (Earlier, an issue was a subject of contention: 'Don't make an issue out of it.' (Perhaps we can look forward to things being issuized or issufied or issuficated instead of problematized at some point in a more humorous future.)))
In the old days, New York City rents used to be explained as the result of so many foreign dictators coming here with their loot, but now the fashion has extended to ex-oligarchs and they're infesting Williamsburg and other fashionable parts of Brooklyn as well as Manhattan. When is the guy from Ukraine coming over?
What I guess A.O. Scott is deploring is the demolition of the Great White Man, not a real person, of course, but an icon overhanging America (the West?) for many generations. The male's larger body, heavier musculature, higher level of aggression, and team spirit were needed to fend off attacks and attack others during most of human evolution, but industrialism and capitalism produced machines, especially light lethal weapons, which had rendered that body's specialties practically superfluous by the beginning of the 20th century. There remained the moral image, and that was demolished by the just critiques of the feminists, the Civil Rights movement, and the hippies. Big Daddy has indeed disappeared, and the need to become adults has indeed descended upon us all. About time, too.
As long as the government and financial system keep generating funny money, and landowners and landlords keep taking it, you're going to see this kind of fatuity. When the money tide goes out, the gentry will go out with it, and maybe those who remain will be able to make some use of the detritus. Although high-rise buildings are going to be tough to live in with intermittent electricity (if any) for the elevators.
Boredom comes from within. So if someone tells you another whole human being is 'boring', you know where they're at and what they do. Best get away.
Talking about getting away, I am sorry you're going to NYMag which, let's face it, is kind of a dumb venue. I didn't say boring! But, as number at Twitter said, you're going to be over their heads a lot of the time. I suppose it could be an interesting problem.
In general, it's not a good idea to mess aggressively with strangers physically or verbally, even if they seem to be smaller, weaker, or more submissive. They may turn out to be armed, experienced street fighters, bat-shit crazy, or all of the above. That applies to females, children, and elderly people as well as males. Grisly anecdotes on request. In this case, the perp only got yelled at. It could have turned out much, much worse.