Around the City, Google’s LinkNYC kiosks stand as monolithic sentries along our
major thoroughfares. They’re a place for free phone calls, wifi, and a cell
phone battery top-up. They also have cameras installed and are, no doubt,
mining our traffic patterns and more direct use of the kiosks for advertising
insights. No such thing as a free lunch.
When idle, the machines have taken, lately, to posting pithy quotes about the
city, its inhabitants and both of their incomprehensible customs. A recent
winner by E.B. White from his magnum opus urbis urborum “Here is New York:”
New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience — if
they did they would live elsewhere.
I could think of no finer way to honor White than to check out this book from
the library system of this city. To my chagrin, and proving White’s maxim,
there were no copies available.
However, while browsing, I found this collection of his work on dogs. Being a
dog owner myself in the selfsame city, I checked it out.