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The Methods of Silence of Seneca the Younger and William Hazlitt   Phillip Lopate, born on November 16, 1943, in Brooklyn, is a film critic, poet, writer, and essayist; he graduated from Columbia University with a BA and Union Institute & University with his doctorate degree in 1979. Over his career, Lopate has written a Read more…

VINCENT CHANG

Once Xander manages to enrage the businessmen, he finally ceases to bother them. And if he decides not to do business with them, the moment he sees a friend that he has done business with or a well-known, respected financial advisor in the room, he immediately picks up the microphone and announces to the impatient guests that he will close his office. Afterwards he makes some snide remarks towards those that remain behind. His insults will never fail, and the angered businessmen storm into the elevator. Subsequently, Xander shuts off the elevator.

VINCENT CHANG

Modern day New York retains a highly distinctive culture, though parts of the state have blurred borders, overrun with “bland interstate highways and big-box superstores”. Known as the “melting pot”, New York City is the home to the widest mix of ethnic races in the country, joining less than ten other cities worldwide in its diversity, where roughly 800 languages are spoken. It is the largest city in the United States. New York’s distinctiveness is rather well known – a New Yorker is sometimes thought of as having a fast-paced lifestyle and an assertive, bullying manner. This well-known stereotype presents a complication for Jonathan Franzen, as a character in his own play – he captures New York in an original, captivating manner that showcases the unique traits of the Empire State.