Magazine June 1, 2020, Issue

Burb Your Enthusiasm

Lydia Hassebroek sits with her brother Felix during the coronavirus outbreak, Brooklyn, N.Y., May 10, 2020. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters)

Ithink I’ve been red-pilled by the coronavirus. For nearly 30 years, I was part of the New York City matrix of the proud and content. “I love this dirty town!” the wicked newspaper columnist J. J. Hunsecker exclaims, amused by a senseless fistfight on the street, in Sweet Smell of Success. My thoughts exactly. Even better: Cynical newspaper editor Henry Hackett screams on the telephone, “I don’t f***ing live in the f***ing world, I live in f***ing New York City!” in The Paper. Do the residents of any other region take so much perverse pride in being a strange, angry,

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