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Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mr. Beller's Neighborhood) Paperback – August 11, 2009
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There are some nicer stories, where people don’t get conned, and for several reasons. First, they have no money to get stolen, and secondly, they don’t expect to step off the plane onto a gold sidewalk. A “hip” woman visits Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1992, a safe place, but very dreary and bleak. By 1998, however, it’s all “arty” types in tight jeans. During that time, she self-medicates her depression by swimming at the Metropolitan pool, and discovers that 10am is “women only.” The women are all local Hasids, badly dressed, pale, unattractive, but they’re happy to be there. They frolic in the pool, not giving a damn about their looks, knowing their husbands will have to put up with them no matter what, no pressure to dress sexy for the men. Now she’s not depressed anymore. She no longer feels like an outsider.
Perhaps New York isn’t much different from LA, in that there’s pressure to look a certain way. In California it’s the beach bodies and health clubs, but here in NY, maybe it’s having to dress in style? Have the best hairdo? Have the best looking kids? There’s a story in this book about a white woman who adopts an Ethiopian baby, and gets nasty comments form both races. So much for the post-racial America of the Obama era. There’s the couple on a film site tour, looking for the house from the Royal Tannenbaums, and they find it, even though the movie takes place in the Bronx. An Ecuadorian teacher finds New York ways beneath him.
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