I went to one of novelist Aidan Donnelley Rowley‘s Happier Hours this last Tuesday in the Upper West Side, hopefully my first of many. A Happier Hour is a book reading/cocktail party. My, are they fun! Jane Green and Mira Jacob were the guest speakers. I was totally taken with the title of Mira’s new book, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. It’s a great title. Also, I am a sleepwalker. Dancing while sleepwalking would be an excellent new skill for me. (It is also a really good novel. You should buy it!)
I really liked Mira–even though she lives in Brooklyn*. She does all of her own illustrations for her website, which immediately put her on my ‘cool list.’ She’s also really funny.
I was thinking about all of this, when I curled up with my beautiful, newly purchased hardback last night. I flipped the first page and saw this.
Ha! Well, then.
* I have decided it’s important to have enemies. I have declared Brooklyn** and Florida to be my personal enemies (for the time being, for the purposes of this blog.) I will let you know if that changes.
** Brooklyn is the most likely place I will be living in five years. I don’t want to go there, but I will. I know this, and it makes me angry. Brooklyn is also, as I see it, the most relevant rival to Hoboken. Brooklyn is ostensibly cooler than anything in New Jersey and, therefore, makes a very appropriate nemesis. I HATE BROOKLYN. #justkiddingIloveyou
*** Rachel, should you be reading this, it’s NOT personal, even though it may seem that way. (You are the COOLEST person from Florida that lives in Brooklyn that I know.)