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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

Despair man seems like he has a story to tell. Despair Man sounds like a really terrible superhero.

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

Somehow this is the most NYC sentence I have ever read: "That's like saying the Q doesn't exist because it runs on the B line." I didn't know that a sentence could qualify as a native NYer, but this one 100% does.

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The three martini lunch explains everything.

And my world is still shaken by the map of the two parks. If I refuse to believe it, will that make me similar to a flat earth advocate?

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

I am (again) flabbergasted and don’t know where to begin.

My initial reaction was to decertify you as a true New Yorker when I read you have only been here for 27 years. I would have to check your previous article on this topic to decide how to handle this.

But then I read the Z Train article and came to my senses. You are probably the ONLY true New Yorker, having voluntarily rode and written about the Z train.

Thank you. (Is there a limit on the use of flabbergasted in the comments section?)

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The MTA has a train that goes to Jupiter?

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Nov 20, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

‘Something called YouGov’ is such a burn.

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Oh, books... When we left to become nomads we boxed up our hundreds and hundreds of books and put them into storage in case we ever moved back to the US. I mean, how could I give up my Anne of Green Gables boxed set or LOTR or my Calvin and Hobbes collection!

But finally last year we downsized our storage locker and made the decision to get rid of almost all of them. It was like giving up my favorite kids. Well, if I had kids...

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Nov 20, 2023·edited Nov 20, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

The NYC Subway systems surely is amazing and quirky with how wide ranging it is. On a different note, how or why do the Cortelyou Road and Beverley Road stations exist!? I think they might be separated by a city block. Just choose one, MTA!

I also love how there is a Appalachian Trail station for the Metro North. Some interesting stations in this area.

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Since my comment made it into an issue of The Cafè, am I an honorary New Yorker now?

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Anne Kadet

As a retired librarian it's nice to hear from all the library fans out there. Most of my reading is done on library eBooks, but we still buy books--I can't say no to a used bookstore, or an author at a booth at the farmer's market or fair. Mr ThinkPiece is old school dead-tree books all the way. We did a massive weeding this summer, but we still are up there, numbers-wise.

So you're saying the AI image generators are at the same stage as the Amazon recommendations from 1999, when you'd buy a book and they'd recommend a frying pan? Sounds legit.

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PS I convinced hubby to give away at least half of his yellowed, binder-torn sci fi paperback collection from his childhood. They’re like pit stained t-shirts.

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The Z train. Were any of those interviewed proud Z train enthusiasts or slightly embarrassed to be seen on the train that might be the offspring of the Airtrain?

Ah NYC Book shelves. Hubby and I lived at the London Terrace apartments in Chelsea in the 80’s and we had too many books-- mostly plays, some doubled, because we were actors when we met. Hubby was also handy at carpentry and one slow summer hung plastic sheets, shielding the living room from wood dust and spent 3months blasting Gloria Estefan’s Into the Night album over and over while he created built-in bookshelves on either side of the windows. My mom was constantly asking, Is he done yet? Finally. Yes. He did a great job. We had plenty of space for our books, plays and Playbill collection but I could never listen to Gloria Estefan again.

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I have posted my unique prototype NYC Subway Cube complete with Line Z in view at https://paperbagstories.substack.com/p/another-diversion. I hope some of you find it of interest.

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Dammit. I leave NY and now there’s a Z train. I say the MTA or whatever they call themselves these days should either make the Z the best train in the system or stop marginalizing THE LAST LETTER OF THE ALPHABET!

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Wow. Just wow. Between Despair Man being my new favorite terrible, mythopoetic superhero and the absolute WHIMSY of the A.I.'s alternate ending... melty-faced, surrealist AI-generated images notwithstanding... HOW on EARTH did ChatGpT come up with a squirrel-Mariachi band dance off for the ending??? This is something you ONLY dream of dreaming up while extremely high at 3am in the SNL writers' room... You almost want to ask the A.I., "Excuse me, but are you by any chance stoned off of your ass?" And, of course, it will say "No, it can't do that," but then you'd say, "Well then, walk us through how you just hallucinated that whole Kelly-Link-style ending. Because sheesh, already... that was something to behold!

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We need an article about "Despair Man". There must be a story there for sure.

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