Sorting through the mail on “upstate New York,” I thought I’d offer you this, plopped in the middle of a very learned little essay on New York geography: Buffalo is “the home of chicken wings. Note, not Buffalo wings, chicken wings. Buffalo wings do not exist. If you’re from Buffalo, you don’t call them that. If you’re not, you don’t know how to make them.”
Also, a reader has written to object to my describing New York as “a very big state.” He wrote from Dyess AFB, Texas.