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"Technically, I'm a New Yorker." - Charlie Day

"I am a New Yorker." - Connie Stevens

"I've always essentially been a New Yorker," - Lawrence Block

"I've always essentially been a New Yorker." - Lawrence Block

"I'm a New Yorker, you know." - Edward Norton

"I am the young, edgy New Yorker." - Douglas Wilson

"Every writer at the New Yorker is smarter than me." - Bob Dylan

"I still think of myself really as a New Yorker" - Parker Stevenson

"I"ve always essentially been a New Yorker," - Lawrence Block

"I'm persona non grata at the New Yorker." - Kevin Sessums

"The Candy Man by Margaret Talbot in The New Yorker" - Roald Dahl

"I'm a New Yorker; my oven is used for storage." - Cheyenne Jackson

"I'm a New Yorker, so I speak really fast, naturally." - Katie Lowes

"It is difficult to offend a New Yorker." - Alan Dershowitz

"I'm used to driving fast; I'm a New Yorker." - Dmx

"I still think of myself really as a New Yorker." - Parker Stevenson

"I'm a New Yorker; I've paid my dues." - Zoe Kravitz

"Let's say honorary favorite New Yorker is John Lennon, and favorite real New Yorker is Biggie, because he's the best." - Paul Dano

"Lilian Ross was a - veteran writer for The New Yorker. She, in fact, brought me to The New Yorker many years ago." - Nat Hentoff

"Every true New Yorker believes with all his heart that when a New Yorker is tired of New York, he is tired of life." - Robert Moses

"When a New Yorker looks like he has a suntan, it's probably rust." - Laurence J Peter

"I live a very quiet life, although I'm very urban and a diehard New Yorker" - Armand Assante

"I'm a New Yorker. I don't believe in air unless I can see it." - Jay Maisel

"A natural New Yorker is a native of the present tense." - V S Pritchett

"Being a New Yorker is never having to say you are sorry." - Lily Tomlin

"A true New Yorker never backs down, and I'm no exception. Holla!" - Heather Thomson

"I'm a Tennessean at heart, and a New Yorker in spirit." - Rachel Boston

"I am a New Yorker, one; I'm an artist, two; I'm a woman, three." - Laurie Anderson

"I don't write poetry for the New Yorker. My poems appear in the Nation, mostly." - Kevin Sessums

"I am growing to love DC. But the core of Sonia is a New Yorker." - Sonia Sotomayor

"I always say I have a Danish passport, but I am a New Yorker at heart." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"New York's my home. Born and raised. I'm a New Yorker to the bone." - Vanessa Ferlito

"I'm a native New Yorker. Everything to do with New York feels like my family." - Susan Sarandon

"I like to think of myself as a New Yorker, which is pathetic." - Moon Unit Zappa

"I live a very quiet life, although I'm very urban and a diehard New Yorker." - Armand Assante

"I'm a New Yorker, and I rarely get to work at home." - Hope Davis

"You have to be a xenophile at heart to be a true New Yorker." - Chris Diamantopoulos

"I'm a native New Yorker, so I'm edgier; I kind of tell it like it is." - Kara Dioguardi

"A typical native New Yorker, I'm prone to wearing the city's unofficial sartorial color: black." - Amanda Hearst

"As a New Yorker, I'm someone who lives on an island and looks across to America." - Laurie Anderson

"I really feel now like a native New Yorker. And I'm very happy here." - Joan Collins

"I feel like my 50 years at Harvard were an interlude. I'm really a New Yorker." - Alan Dershowitz

"It's a project that touched me as an immigrant and as a New Yorker." - Daniel Libeskind

"'The New Yorker' didn't invent the magazine cartoon, but it did really establish it." - Robert Mankoff

"No one knows restaurants like a New Yorker - they're incredibly discerning and restaurant savvy." - Daniel Boulud

"I grew up in Chelsea on 22nd Street... I am really a native New Yorker." - Matt Mcgorry

"I lived in New York for 10 years, and every New Yorker sees a shrink." - Meg Rosoff

"How could a New Yorker possibly take something called the Hollywood String Quartet seriously?" - Leonard Slatkin

"A New Yorker is anyone who has the guts to really live in the city." - Rita Ora

"Back in 1992, I had my first story accepted by 'The New Yorker.'" - George Saunders

"I'm not a reporter but the 'New Yorker' treats everyone like a reporter." - David Sedaris

"I'm a New Yorker, and I jaywalk with the best of them." - Sonia Sotomayor

"New York lost a classic. Carmine was an old school New Yorker." - Anthony Weiner

"A real New Yorker likes the sound of a garbage truck in the morning." - R L Stine

"I used to never miss the 'New Yorker' or 'New York.' Now I never bother." - Dan Jenkins

"Unless you're born here, I don't know if you can ever become a full New Yorker." - Trevor Moore

"I definitely feel like a native New Yorker. My personality was formed there." - Nicole Holofcener

"I'm a New Yorker. Matter of fact, the more I'm in places like Texas and California, the more I know I'm a New Yorker. I have no confusions. About that." - Garry Winogrand

"I'm sorry to keep focusing on the New Yorker, but everybody who was growing up when Calvin [Trillin] and I were growing up wanted to be published in the New Yorker." - Kevin Sessums

"I'm constantly saying, 'I read a fascinating article in 'The New Yorker'... ' I say it so often that sometimes I think I have nothing interesting to say myself, I merely regurgitate 'The New Yorker.'" - Emma Donoghue

"I said, to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker." - Ed Koch

"Like every New Yorker, I have a love/hate relationship with the city. There are times it's overbearing, but when I'm away even for a little while, I can't wait to get home. I am a New Yorker." - Dave Gahan

"In the end, the only thing the true New Yorker knows about New York is that it is unknowable." - Pete Hamill

"You are a New Yorker when what was there before is more real and solid than what is here now." - Colson Whitehead

"I'm a New Yorker. I like the big streets and the big buildings. It's a great place to walk." - Ed Askew

"Speaking as a New Yorker, I found [September 11] a shocking and terrifying event, particularly the scale of it." - Edward Said

"The New Yorker will be the magazine which is not edited for the old lady from Dubuque." - Harold Ross

"The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding." - John Updike

"I wanted to be a literary writer, so I wrote story after story and sent them to 'The New Yorker.'" - Diane Mott Davidson

"Publication in 'The New Yorker' meant everything, and it's no exaggeration to say that it changed my life." - Daniel Alarcon

"I think that most New Yorkers would object to calling me a New Yorker. I didn't grow up here." - Sloane Crosley

"Sometimes with 'The New Yorker,' they have grammar rules that just don't feel right in my mouth." - David Sedaris

"To every New Yorker - and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for - I sincerely apologize." - Eliot Spitzer

"Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim." - E B White

"When I took over 'The New Yorker,' there was a very, very good, smart staff in place." - Tina Brown

"The more traumatic events you endure with the city, the more of a New Yorker you become." - Trevor Moore

"I'm a born and bred New Yorker. I belong here. Everytime I leave it's like losing a leg." - Judy Holliday

"Another example of what I have to put up with from him. But there was a time I was mad at all my straight friends when AIDS was at its worst. I particularly hated the New Yorker, where Calvin [Trillin] has published so much of his work. The New Yorker was the worst because they barely ever wrote about AIDS. I used to take out on Calvin my real hatred for the New Yorker." - Kevin Sessums

"Yes, Im a New Yorker, born and bred. While Im not quite the L.A. snob that Woody Allen is, I do find myself happier in New York." - Corey Stoll

"The strangest part of being so well known is definitely getting a New Yorker profile. It's a wonderful, strange process, like seeing yourself through a distorting mirror." - Neil Gaiman

"Im a New Yorker. My background is in theater, so staying here, I have the opportunity to get back to that, which I would love to do." - Valorie Curry

"I've always believed that thoughtful people don't really take the tabloids seriously. They're basically a form of entertainment. I enjoy them as much as the next New Yorker." - Woody Allen

"I wasn't aware I'd write the novel when I wrote the New Yorker story either. And the narration of their construction in 10:04 is fiction, however flickering." - Ben Lerner

"New York is a place that can grind you down and spit you out. A true New Yorker doesn't get ground down, he gets polished." - Kurt Braunohler

"[The New Yorker magazine stretches] its now rubber conscience to include tokens of radical chic and impressiveness on top but not at the bottom where it counts." - Seymour Krim

"I'm not a New Yorker. I grew up in Detroit. A lot of people think it's one big city but they're completely different." - Mike Binder

"My D'Angelico is a jazz archtop guitar. That guitar was made for Glenn Miller's guitar player in 1939. It's a '39 D'Angelico New Yorker." - Brian Setzer

"I felt uncomfortable calling myself a writer until I started with 'The New Yorker,' and then I was like, 'Okay, now you can call yourself that." - David Sedaris

"The New Yorker has devoted itself for 59 years not only to facts and literal accuracy but to truth. And truth begins, journalistically, with the facts." - William Shawn

"You can come from China, Russia, any place, and you can be a New Yorker. You can say what you want to say here, really express yourself." - Rula Jebreal

"I have never been prouder to be a lifelong New Yorker than I am today with the passage of marriage equality." - Cyndi Lauper

"[Bill Shawn] had always been in The New Yorker immaculately dressed - quietly, immaculately dressed, very soft-spoken. On the phone I could hardly hear him sometimes." - Nat Hentoff

"A friend said to me I'm like a walking New Yorker article. It's true! That's how I write. That's how I think." - Jose Antonio Vargas

"I was just a guy who did adult or alternative comic books. And then suddenly to be, like, a New Yorker cover artist was a different thing." - Adrian Tomine

"Reported in The New Yorker as: At one point, I thought life was about acquiring things. Life is totally about losing everything." - Mike Tyson

"I guess if you're independent, not afraid of much, and extremely stylish, that makes you a pretty good candidate for being a New Yorker." - Mark Indelicato

"I never studied art, but taught myself to draw by imitating the New Yorker cartoonists of that day, instead of doing my homework." - Bil Keane

"At first, writing for The New Yorker was very scary to me. I couldn't imagine anything that I would write in that typeface." - David Sedaris

"I knew I didn't want to come out in the 'New Yorker'; it just felt wrong. It needed an African conversation." - Binyavanga Wainaina

"My parents put the New Yorker in my crib. I saw Vogue and Vanity Fair around the house before I could read." - Richard Avedon

"I'm a New Yorker. My background is in theater, so staying here, I have the opportunity to get back to that, which I would love to do." - Valorie Curry

"It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention." - Brendan Gill

"I'm going to do whatever I have to do to help a New Yorker, whether it's a girl on the street or a tenant in a housing development." - Christine Quinn

"I see and write things first as an artist, second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker. All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral." - Laurie Anderson

"When you live in New York, one of two things happen - you either become a New Yorker, or you feel more like the place you came from." - Al Franken

"The most offensive thing that ever occurred in 'The New Yorker' would be, like, the mildest thing at a Chris Rock concert." - Robert Mankoff

"New York is a place that can grind you down and spit you out. A true New Yorker doesn't get ground down - he gets polished." - Kurt Braunohler

"'The New Yorker's fiction podcast I like a lot, where they have authors pick short stories by other authors that appeared in 'The New Yorker.'" - Gillian Jacobs

"I've been a New Yorker for ten years, and the only people who are nice to us turn out to be Moonies." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Most magazines have peak moments. They live on, they do just okay, or they die. 'The New Yorker' has had a very different kind of existence." - David Remnick

"I felt uncomfortable calling myself a writer until I started with 'The New Yorker,' and then I was like, 'Okay, now you can call yourself that.'" - David Sedaris

"I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 A.M. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it." - Sonia Sotomayor

"'The New Yorker's fiction podcast I like a lot, where they have authors pick short stories by other authors that appeared in 'The New Yorker.'" - Gillian Jacobs

"Yes, I'm a New Yorker, born and bred. While I'm not quite the L.A. snob that Woody Allen is, I do find myself happier in New York." - Corey Stoll

"If someone lives in New York, he's a New Yorker - they are entitled to the best medical system in the world." - George Pataki

"I always have issues. I'm a New Yorker. I always have issues with trust - you adopt it from being a New Yorker. I think trust is something that comes from the gut. I don't think it's anything specific. I don't think it's anything tangible." - Vin Diesel

"If you write for the New Yorker, you always get people critiquing your grammar, you can count on it. So, because a lot of New Yorker readers are kind of, you know, amateur grammarians and so you do get a lot of that." - Louis Menand

"You don't have to be born in New York City to be a New Yorker. You have to live here for six months. And if at the end of the six months you walk faster, you talk faster, you think faster, you're a New Yorker." - Ed Koch

"It was actually an Israeli cartoonist, Nurit Karlin, who made me think that I could draw for 'The New Yorker.' I saw her work published in the magazine in the early 1970s - she was the only woman working as a cartoonist at 'The New Yorker' at the time." - Liza Donnelly

"I think that anyone who likes writing views 'The New Yorker' as the, you know, pinnacle of the publishing world. If you get 50 words published in 'The New Yorker,' it's more important than 50 articles in other places. So, would I love to one day write for them? I guess. But that's not my sole ambition." - Lauren Weisberger

"I think one of the best jobs in the universe must be being the editor of 'The New Yorker', but there are a number of magazines that I'd be excited to be the editor of. They would be 'Wired', 'The New Yorker' and probably, 'Vogue'." - Michael Wolf

"Some of Mr. Gregory's poems have merely appeared in The New Yorker ; others are New Yorker poems: the inclusive topicality, the informed and casual smartness, the flat fashionable irony, meaningless because it proceeds from a frame of reference whose amorphous superiority is the most definite thing about it they are the trademark not simply of a magazine but of a class." - Randall Jarrell

"I am aware of myself as a four-hundred-year-old woman, born in the captivity of a colonial, pre-industrial oral culture and living now as a contemporary New Yorker." - Bharati Mukherjee

"I spent my childhood in New York, riding on subways and buses. And you know what you learn if you're a New Yorker? The world doesn't owe you a damn thing." - Lauren Bacall

"One of the perks of being a New Yorker cartoonist is that you get to hang around with interesting people. My fellow cartoonists are all interesting, and all highly creative." - Liza Donnelly

"You can do what you like, sir, but I'll tell you this. New York is the true capital of America. Every New Yorker knows it, and by God, we always shall." - Edward Rutherfurd

"I would absolutely identify as a New Yorker by nature. I grew up in Detroit. There was not a bone in my body that even considered staying in Detroit for the rest of my life." - Kristen Bell

"Any real New Yorker is a you-name-it-we-have-it-snob whose heart brims with sympathy for the millions of unfortunates who through misfortune, misguidedness or pure stupidity live anywhere else in the world." - Russell Lynes

"If for some reason you are unsure where to go, all you have to do is stand there looking lost, and within seconds a helpful New Yorker will approach to see if you have any "spare" change." - Dave Barry

"If sometimes there seems to be a sort of sameness of sound in The New Yorker, it probably can be traced to the magazine's copydesk, which is a marvelous fortress of grammatical exactitude and stylish convention." - E B White

"Cartoons, often, that you do for the New Yorker don't appear for months afterwards, and the record for that is a cartoon that was bought by James Stevenson in 1987 and didn't appear until 2000." - Robert Mankoff

"I think I'll be Scottish in every movie I write. They always try to talk me out of it, but Woody Allen is always a nebbish New Yorker. Why shouldn't I be a goofy Glaswegian?" - Craig Ferguson

"Feeling is taboo, especially in New York. I read in some little magazine the other day that The New Yorker and The New York Times were sclerotic, meaning, "completely turned to rock." The critics here are that way." - James Purdy

"Mobile is great for us. I think, even though the size of the screen doesn't give everything The New Yorker has to offer, people are spending a lot of time reading - and reading seriously - on the phone." - David Remnick

"I'm reading a bunch of fiction by Afghan and Iraq War veterans for a New Yorker piece. There hasn't been that much, but it's starting to come out, and some of the fiction is really good." - George Packer

"I had no administrative function at the New Yorker. I am what we used to call in construction back in Kansas City where I grew up "a dog-ass subcontractor."" - Kevin Sessums

"William Shawn was the editor of The New Yorker and for whom I worked for, God, 27 years; a man I respected enormously because of what he did, - what the magazine was about." - Nat Hentoff

"The main jobs would be The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The Washington Post and - I'm thinking of The Reporter when Max Askeli was there, but I got fired from The Reporter." - Nat Hentoff

"My chronology is terrible. [Work with William Shawn] must have some ago. It was after he was fired by Newhouse. After New - when Newhouse bought The New Yorker, he said in one of those grand press" - Nat Hentoff

"A [New Yorker ] is what it has always been. It combines those who pursue the truth with those who pursue the rewards of orthodoxy and those who pursue what is comfortable to the rich." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"The narrative songs were well-written, like an article in The New Yorker. They're nice and pat. They're more like I'm just showing I can do that when I write a song like that. It's not my true calling." - Stephen Malkmus

"I think many articles in the New Yorker have a strong point of view, but they are so rigorously fact-checked. I wouldn't call them objective, but they feel fair." - Alex Gibney

"Speaking as a New Yorker, I found it (9/11 event] a shocking and terrifying event, particularly the scale of it. At bottom, it was an implacable desire to do harm to innocent people." - Edward Said

"I grew up eating hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, and drinking lots of milk, and looked at lots of cows; but I feel like a New Yorker now, I've lived here for sixteen years." - Adam Rapp

"I am a New Yorker. I like New York. And I like cities. And it's not my desire to make New York more suburban. I would personally just like to vet each person." - Fran Lebowitz

"After the phone call from The New Yorker, I walked more than a mile to church to thank God. But then I told God I would talk to Him another time and darted home." - Uwem Akpan

"I started out a die-hard New Yorker but really grew to love working in Los Angeles. Even though I originally wanted to do theater, TV presented more opportunities for me, which led me out west." - Becki Newton

"I aspired from early on to write a novel, to be in the 'New Yorker,' to be on Broadway, and at least in a fleeting way, I got all those things." - Mark Odonnell

"I kind of grew up on the East Coast, lived in New York for a while, then moved to L.A. So I'm not a New Yorker at all, but I'm much happier in New York; I've always liked it better." - Dylan Walsh

"One of the perks of being a 'New Yorker' cartoonist is that you get to hang around with interesting people. My fellow cartoonists are all interesting, and all highly creative." - Liza Donnelly



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