I got to NYC today around lunchtime, which gave me an excellent excuse to get some NYC pizza. Both Geoff W and The Dungeon Master suggested that I check out The Strand, which is a huge bookstore boasting 18 miles of bookshelves. I was impressed, and I picked up two books while I was there:
- “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Steig Larsson
- “Tom O’Bedlam” by Robert Silverberg
People have been recommending that I read “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” for a while now, so when I saw a copy for $0.48 I couldn’t very well pass it up. I hadn’t heard of this particular Robert Silverberg book before today, but the cover seems intriguing and Silverberg is a good writer.
After I finished my wanderings, got settled at the hotel, and had some dinner, I went to a party at a bookstore that involved poetry readings, a banjo, and a guy eating crackers on stage. It was very loud there, so I didn’t quite catch what the cracker-eating was supposed to symbolize, nor did I manage to hear much of the banjo.
The actual conference starts tomorrow morning. I can’t wait!