On Power and Lunching

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Grub Street has no time for lunch at The Four Seasons. Photo: Noah Kalina

"Lunch helped shape the rhythm of life in a rapidly industrializing New York at the turn of the last century: lunch breaks were hurried affairs, with rushed stops at quick-lunch counters in the early 1900s and Horn & Hardart automats a few years later. Time was a luxury, and leisurely midday meals were reserved for those wielding considerable political, financial, or social power." —This history of power lunching could be describing today (we write while hunched over a salad at our desk). [Paris Review Daily, Related]