New York is a strange place. At first you get there and you see all these wild things, people, contradictions. Then the wildness doesn't stop and it starts to seem normal.
Tonight my mom, aunt and I had dinner at a restaurant called Taste. Philip Roth was at the next table with a friend. Later Nora Ephron and her husband came in with Tom Brokaw and his wife. By the end of the meal everything felt normal normal normal.
Which, ultimately, it was. My life is unchanged and famous people have to eat dinner too. Even intellectuals. I just don't normally see them do it.