I headed down to the city — and when you live in this state, there’s no confusion about what you mean when you say that. New York City casts a bit of a shadow over the rest of the state. Oh, believe me there are plenty of riches beyond that crowded piece of real estate, but when you say ‘New York’ — well. People assume.
My mission was to appear at the Broad Universe Sampler Launch at Singularity & Co, but when you have an excuse to go to NYC, you try to do a little more. Things were complicated by the death of my car Orca this week (>_<) so I had to prevail upon Bertie to give me a ride, which meant working around the demands on his time, too. I managed to work out arrangements with my Twitter pal, Dora, who came along to the reading too, which was a big help because setting sail for Brooklyn without a passport can be an experience.
My trip was full of NY moments, from the guy on the train, lounging shirtless across two seats with his eyeshades on — unlike the guy two rows back who was snoring on oblivious to all. Mr Shirtless had the chutzpah to give me the stink-eye for coughing, turning around and lifting his sleep mask to do so.
But you know how it is; I took a subway uptown, heard some buskers on tuba and cornet(?) play “Take on Me” and had some hot & sour soup to help my cough. Spotted the above NYer on Fifth Ave. Something about a fur coat with Docs and those toothpick legs! Then headed over to MoMA — so many things to see there. Here’s a few:
The reading went well despite my having the consumptive cough; what a great bookstore! And what a great bunch of folks from the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers and performers. I felt like a rat having to leave early, but the complexities of transport made it necessary. I love doing readings and attending them — it’s great doing them as a group especially. Wonderful!