New York vs. Los Angeles

I have lived in Los Angeles for three years now, and lived in New York for five (and within an hour of the city for 23 years before that). However, I wrote a list comparing the two cities after only spending four days in Los Angeles on my first visit here, and I gotta say, I pretty much nailed it. (This was previously published in Weird Personal Emails, and lives on in the book.)

Here it is, because no one has ever compared these two cities before:

 

LOS ANGELES

NEW YORK CITY

  • Scientology

  • A guy on a skateboard being pulled around by his pitbull

  • Hills

  • Working out

  • Medical marijuana

  • Having to make small talk with your Lyft driver

  • Burritos

  • Sushi

  • Burgers

  • Avocado on everything

  • People pushing pugs in baby strollers

  • Smog

  • Sitting in traffic

  • Palm trees

  • California Don Draper

  • Hasidic Jews

  • A guy on a unicycle walking his (embarrassed) dog

  • Bridges

  • Cigarettes

  • Delivery service

  • Having to trick your cab into taking you to Brooklyn

  • Pizza

  • Chinese food

  • Bagels

  • Bacon on everything

  • People pushing pugs in baby strollers

  • Garbage

  • Getting squooshed on the subway

  • Brownstones

  • New York Don Draper

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I was interviewed about my email newsletter for The Write Life!

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Meryl Williams interviewed me and a bunch of other great writers like Ann Friedman, the Two Bossy Dames, and Suzanne Wilder for The Write Life! I love writing Weird Personal Emails, and I love reading email newsletters even more. Check out the article below!

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Weird Personal Email #34: Bumbling towards the Willennium

Every week or so, I send out a Weird Personal Email to subscribers with updates about what I’m working on, pop culture commentary, feminist rants, jokes, confessions, rambling stories about strange social interactions, and sometimes, playlists. Here is one of those emails. You can subscribe here, if you’d like.

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Hey there, ya loony llamas!

I hope you guys are good! It’s still cold as fuck here, and I feel like Bumble. It’s time for another Weird Personal Email!!!

I’ve been working my way through back episodes of The Read, and I don’t know that there’s a funnier podcast out there right now. Even the way they say “what?” can make me laugh. Plus, podcasting is super white and straight, and the hosts of The Read are neither, and they’re the only reason why I’m able to understand the intricacies of the Amber Rose/Tyga feud, which is super important.

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