Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dinner Party Dictum

John Dos Passos
"When I arrived Ernest was already there, and Martha Gellhorn, looking handsome in her well-tailored pants and good boots. I took along two cans of sardines and two cans of pâté, and Ernest said he was glad I had brought in canned goods from Paris because John Dos Passos hadn't brought in any food but had eaten everybody else's, and he and Dos Passos had had an ugly fight about that."

Monday, April 16, 2012

All The Lovely Bookshops

Thank you to Tattered Cover for linking to All The Lovely Bookshops, a board on Pinterest that is exactly what it sounds like. Pictures of lovely local bookstores!

Explore the set: add to it, help grow it! I was happy to discover Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers already there. Lots of our neighbors are represented as well (WORD, Greenlight, BookCourt, Three Lives) so it really will help out with the map I know you're all making.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

World Book Night

Spreading the love of reading, person to person.
World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread the love of reading and books. This year, it will be celebrated stateside for the very first time. No more staring longingly across the Atlantic, everybody. One million books will be given away by 50,000 passionate readers across the USA on April 23, 2012.

Our stores have volunteered to serve as pickup locations for local givers. And we are hard at work on our special plans for the day. Get ready, New York City!

You can keep current on all WBN news and events by following World Book Night USA on Twitter: @wbnamerica

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Miguel de Cervantes

There is a statue of Cervantes located at the end of a long, narrow courtyard that is part of the sprawling NYU campus. It's tucked away on Fifth Avenue off of Washington Square North. Do you see an open gate? Just keep going. There's a post here that discusses its origins but really, my desire to discuss the statue is simple and doesn't require any context at all.

Look at that! It's so delightful! The statue just whittles itself down to two prancing feet. And the expression on the statue's face gives no indication at all of the quiet dance he is doing. It betrays nothing. Which really, is kind of perfect for Cervantes. Also, all Shakespeare statues, too. I am certain they are out there.