"New York, I soon learned, wasn't so much scary as it was indifferent. In Los Angeles, I had felt judged. In New York, I felt ignored. Sometimes that was what I wanted: to disappear. But sometimes I wanted to be cared for, to belong, and I had to find that myself, because the city would not provide it on its own. New York had once had a reputation for "chewing you up and spitting you out." It doesn't do that anymore. Now it just swallows you."
-Mara Wilson, Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame