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August 27, 2013

TT: Lookback

From 2004, a visit to a Manhattan nightclub:

After the set was over, I climbed the stairs to the street and walked a few blocks before hailing a cab, accompanied by two musician friends in no more of a hurry to get home than I was. We headed up Fifth Avenue, refreshed by the unexpectedly cool night air, and gazed with delight at the Empire State Building, whose upper stories were brilliantly lit in green and white in honor of the independence of Pakistan, those being the colors of the Pakistani flag. As we strolled past the shuttered storefronts, looking for all the world like the three happy sailors of On the Town, I remembered a conversation I'd had earlier in the day with another friend. We'd seen a Fringe matinee, then taken high tea at Tea and Sympathy done some window shopping in Greenwich Village.

"This is absolutely the only place to live," I told her. "Nowhere else."

"Oh, I guess it's all right to visit other places," she replied. "And you could live somewhere else for six months, if you had to. Or maybe even a year."

"But only if you don't give up your lease," I said firmly....

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Posted August 27, 2013 12:00 AM

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