Nora Tennessen, 23

Fifth Ave and Prospect Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Nora Tennessen

Photograph: Jay Muhlin

What are you up to?
I'm meeting my boyfriend. We're going to the butcher to buy dinner.

What's up with the meat craze? Carnivorism is the new vegetarianism.
Yeah, yeah, it's like the new vegetable is pig. Everywhere I go there's pork belly and pancetta. It seems like we've gone overboard. It's definitely a guilty thing for me.

I'm waiting for the backlash.
I think I read that a pig has the intelligence of a two-year-old.

Ooh, suddenly I'm picturing you eating a toddler.
[Laughs] Oh no!

Where are you from?

The land of the free! Is everything better there?
Oh, not right now! Everything is super in the States these days. Right? Everything is coming up great for you guys.

I guess. You all avoided a huge influx of American immigrants when the Republicans lost.
Oh yeah. It was all talk, anyway. Americans can't handle the cold.

Easy, tiger. What brought you here?
I'm a grad student at NYU in Cinema Studies.

What are you learning about?
It was a lot of film history. Next semester I think I'll get into television. I'm not a celluloid snob.

Boy, there's a lot of bad TV out there. What's worth watching?
PBS. I like the nature programs.

Is it hard in New York, not having nature all around you?
Not really. Urban hiking is a type of hiking.

Hey, true. In the woods, it's just boring tree after tree after tree.
[Laughs] That's a city person talking.

"In the '30s and '40s, the Hays Office had production codes that censored movie material. Like, if someone committed a crime on screen, they had to show them being punished for it. There couldn't be a man and a woman lying in the same bed together. Those were scandalous times."

"My resolution for the new years is to stay exactly the same. [Laughs]"

"I tried being vegetarian for a year when I moved freom Montreal to Toronto. It's not hard to be vegetarian in a city like Tonoronto; there's a lot of hippies around. But I got tired fo turning down really good-looking food. I didn't like being the one saying no to amazing-looking brisket, or bulgogi or whatever."