Correspondence by post / by Matthew Thompson


  Always wonderful to receive one of M's distinctly chockablock postcards. Now living in New York, I (jokingly) requested that he condense his new home down to five words or less. To my surprise, he took up the challenge. To my un-surprise, his answers were superb:

1.  It is a difficult task.
2.  It's beautiful, horrible, frustrating, exciting.
3.  Many people moving at once.
4.  It's both less and more.
5.  Terrible contradictions, a wonderful city.
  Believe my favorite to be number three. Or four.