Friday, April 28, 2006
T.G.I. the Weekend
The Times' William Grimes has a great story today about the relatively recent phenomenon that is the weekend, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the newspaper's Weekend section. An excerpt: "For a brief interlude the natives get to live a little like tourists, savoring their surroundings and exploring a complex world that, on workdays, can become tightly circumscribed. ... The drawback, for New Yorkers who stay put on the weekends, is the temptation to spend Saturday and Sunday catching up on work left undone. Or, conversely, to strain the pleasure principle beyond its natural limits. It really is not a good idea to see two Broadway shows, five films and "Parsifal" on the same weekend that you check out three new restaurants and take a walking tour of the cast-iron district. New Yorkers overbook during the week, and they can easily overbook on the weekend."