In the recent elections, the rhetorical styles of the two major candidates were often juxtaposed, seen as representative of their broader aptitude for politics. And, there is no doubt that eloquent rhetoric has long been a mainstay of the democratic political system. Here at the Review, we selected Rhetoric as our guiding theme this month because we wanted to explore its changing paradigms, the ways in which its norms have evolved with the times, birthing a radically new political landscape.
There are as many conceptions of what defines a city as there are cities. Our city, New York, invites such intense identification from its residents (particularly transplants, like most of us are) that the pursuit of becoming an authentic “New Yorker” has become a minor obsession. “I [heart] New York,” read the endless tee-shirts. But does New York love us back?