Boy, living in Pittsburgh sucks. Right? New York has all that fashion stuff and those pretty people. And what do we have? A crappy old arena that can't attract concerts anymore.
OK. So that last one was always a load of rubbish and continues to be. But you get my point. Big cities just have more "excitement" and "buzz."
Which is undoubtedly true. But does it really matter? A guy named Mark Oppenheimer has been generating some chatter with a pretty sharp article entitled Medium Town: On living in a city smaller than New York. Oppenheimer grew up in Springfield, Mass. He currently lives in New Haven. He argues that smaller cities of that ilk are good for people. Especially writers.
So the next time you hear someone complaining that he can't get anyone to read his masterpiece because he's stuck here in this artistic backwater... Tell him to go pack sand. (Unless it's me complaining in that fashion.)
I would only add that I knew Oppenheimer very tangentially in my university days. He was in my residential college and a year behind me. He seemed quite an intelligent fellow.