About Q: What makes someone a New Yorker?
Adam Gopnik: Since the pleasure of New York is its variety, presumably there is no one kind. But the New Yorkers who seem to thrive here longest . . . have a particular lightness of heart, a lightness of internal steps, that allows them to shake off nostalgia for the older New York that is disappearing every day and to welcome, not with faked enthusiasm but with real delight, the new one just arriving now. It’s the same kind of fragile but unimpeded pleasure that New York kids take in a midwinter snow, insisting on sledding on one bare quarter-inch of powder and somehow managing to make it a scene right out of The Magnificent Ambersons. Sledding on thin