The answer to "Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good." is amazingly poignant! What a great story teller!

From Gothamist Interviews: Clay Shirky, Internet Technologist:

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39. Professor, writer, and consultant on internet technologies. I came from a state in the Midwest you probably have not heard of. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a lighting designer who worked on big Broadway musicals. My 16th birthday present was a trip to NYC, and after a couple of days here, I swore I'd move here, which I did, 4 days after I graduated from college. I have lived here ever since. I currently live opposite the dolphin in the kid's part of that little park on Congress Street, Brooklyn.

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