"That dinner party was almost 10 years ago; it was the last time I saw anyone visibly drunk at a New York party. The New York apartments and lofts which were once the scenes of old-fashioned drunken carnage — slurred speech, broken crockery, broken legs and arms, broken marriages and broken dreams — are now the scene of parties where both friendships and glassware survive intact. Everyone comes on time, behaves well, drinks a little wine, eats a few tiny canapés, and leaves on time. They all still drink, but no one gets drunk anymore. Neither do they smoke. What on earth has happened?"
What are you talking about? Granted, ComedyandPolitics is only invited to 2nd tier social events where the wine comes from boxes and the food also comes from boxes, but we've seen plenty of people drunk in New York. Hell, we've seen people drunk this morning and it's still early enough to get McDonald's breakfast.
This type of "look at me analyze my fancy parties, look at how I have my finger on the pulse, I'm so great, look at me write for the Times" [that was meant to be read as though the author thought she was just fantastic] is the most annoying type of "journalism" or "opinion" or whatever you would call it we can imagine. The original plan was to make this post a little longer and critiquey-er, but "society" talk is worthless, so screw it.