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CAPITALIST SLANG: "There Are 8 Million Stories in The Naked City"

I love to tell people who think they've figured out that a single profile, worldview or mindset rules the day the following:

"8 Million Stories, my friend"....

That's a call out to watch the stereotypes. Each of us has a unique set of motivations and influences that make us who we are.  Spend time learning the real background, motivations and influences of any single person, and you'll have more ability to connect with them and get what you need for your company, your own career and of course, be a better friend at times.

8 Million Stories is actually a shortened version of a longer pop culture stamp from the past.

The full reference is "There Are 8 Million Stories in The Naked City".  It's from a artsy film that won Academy Awards back in the 1940's. Here's your breakdown:

The Naked City (1948) is a policier-style film noir, directed by Jules Dassin. Based on a story by Malvin Wald, the film depicts the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of otherbeat cops and detectives, to find the girl's killer. The movie, shot partially in documentary style, was filmed on location on the streets of New York City and features landmarks such as the Williamsburg Bridge, the Whitehall Building, and an apartment building on West 83rd Street inManhattan as the scene of the murder.

The film received two Academy Awards, one for cinematography for William H. Daniels, and another for film editing to Paul Weatherwax.[2] In 2007, The Naked City was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The callout to the phrase comes at the end:

"The movie ends as aerial and street shots of New York are shown, the narration concludes with the iconic line: "There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."

Of course, I know it from a standard of my youth. 1980's rapper Kurtis Blow did a cut by the same name featuring Run-DMC.  Hear the cut below (email subscribers click through for video), and the next time someone is stereotyping, show your depth by exclaiming,"There Are 8 Million Stories in The Naked City".


Bruce Apar

People of a certain age who may not recall the movie itself (its release was Year 3 of the post-WWII Baby Boom) almost surely will fondly remember the award-winning late 50s-early 60s TV series of same name that it spawned, which retained that memorable line at the end of each episode.

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