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05/22/2010

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Matt Langer

I also finished this recently. And it is beautiful and haunting!

I was just thinking about it last night, even, while I was at (of all places) a startup party on the LES, looking around the room and wondering if this scene was proportionate in any way to that of the New York of the early 70s. And then wondering if this was even a fair comparison to make, or if it was a necessary one, and thinking about as you put it "what was subsequently lost and gained", and if the people I was in the room with represented our best and our brightest, or if we were somehow deficient in this respect and that P.S. had a point when she said the Detroits and the Baltimores of the world were the new New Yorks.

I didn't come to any conclusions aside from that of feeling like if I find myself ever even wondering if the crowd I'm a part of isn't as great as it could be then maybe I better be leading a more creative life and keeping better company.

Matthew Gallaway

These are difficult and important questions, Matt Langer. I think were living in an era when money/CAPITAL is so pervasive (and sadly, necessary) -- and the basic cost of living sooo expensive --  that its almost impossible to create anything without contemplating the idea of whether or not it will sell. This is not to say that Patti Smith and Robert M werent concerned with commerce and making it, but they (and so many others) seemed able to scrape by in ways that are just not possible today for a variety of reasons. (I cant imagine a 20-year old Robert and Patti existing today, but maybe thats just me being cynical). I dont think this is any different in Detroit or Baltimore: money, or the awareness of it, in my experience has infected every scene everywhere, and the internet is clearly a driving force in this regard, too. Also, our society also feels (to me at least) so much more segregated than in the era described by Patti Smith, when there seemed to be so much more cross-pollination between classes/genders/gays/straights/etc/etc. As someone who lives in Washington Heights, which is still relatively impoverished, I want to believe that its possible to create good art in New York City and to be part of a community, but at the same time, I often feel completely isolated up here, in ways that are both good and bad. (Hence my very mixed feelings when I ventured over to Greenpoint recently!) Ultimately, I think were living in a different time, and all we can do is make the best of it.

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