Political Capital of the World
Washington, D. C., is quite a well designed and orderly city. Its got charm in abundance and history everywhere. The walk from The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along Lincoln Memorial, detouring slightly at the White House, and ending at Capitol Hill is quite remarkable.
There have been so many attempts throughout history to create a separate political capital and most of them can't hold a candle to Washington. This is the only successful attempt that I know of and have had the privilege of experiencing first hand.
The White House is more impressive as a metaphor than as a structure. Somehow the awe it inspires from thousands of miles away is lost upon looking at it from up close. Still, it is not the size of the building that matters, but the stature of the individuals who have called it their home.
“Massachusetts has been the wheel within New England, and Boston the wheel within Massachusetts.
It has therefore been the source and fountain of the ideas that have moved and made America, and is, in a high and honourable sense, the hub of the New World”
— Foster Barham Zincke
“I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
— Andy Warhol
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”
— Walter Kirn