Incidentally, the technical term for such a self-absorbed and snotty magazine piece — and we don't mean to get too writerly about it — is snark. New York readers love this stuff. When Manhattanites refer to New York as the greatest city in the world, they don't do it as a sales pitch or, heaven forbid, ironically, but as a deeply-held conviction. Such a remarkable lack of self-doubt, even by the most poorly-traveled island denizen, is one of the city's defining traits. As John Updike once observed, "The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding."