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The Sunday Salon: New York state of mind

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It's been a gorgeous autumn day here in Pennsylvania, so I've only just now finished my outdoor work and some other chores, and come indoors to relax for a bit before dinner. 

This was a week of wonderfully serendipitous reading.  Last Sunday I had just started The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  And on Monday, I had to make an overnight business trip to New York City, which is where most of the novel takes place.  My train arrived at Penn Station, and my hotel was on 34th Street, so my walk from the station took me right past the Empire State Building, which figures prominently in the novel.  Both Monday's dinner and Tuesday's business meeting were in the vicinity of Grand Central Station on 42nd Street, another nice stroll from my hotel.  I found even this short visit increased my enjoyment of Kavalier and Clay.  There were several points in the novel where I could picture the setting, having just been there myself.  I was also fortunate that day to add a little pleasure to my business trip, meeting two LibraryThing friends for drinks before they caught their trains home from work.  Bonus!   Oh, and the book?  I really enjoyed it!  At 636 pages, I thought I'd still be reading it today, but I finished it Saturday morning (here's my review).

Now here I am, on the 21st day of September, and something unusual has happened:  I have finished all the books I planned to read this month.  I'm making decent progress towards my various reading goals.  So now it's time to kick back and go where my mood takes me for a couple of weeks.  For starters, my mood has taken me to Barbara Pym's Quartet in Autumn.  I was first introduced to Pym last year, and read Excellent Women (my review).  Pym is like a modern-day Jane Austen with her subtle wit and satire.  Quartet in Autumn revolves around four 60-something office workers, each leading their own life and trying desperately not to intrude in the lives of the others.  I'm enjoying it, and will probably be in the mood for more Pym afterwards.  And then?  Well, I may pick up one of those books that's been languishing on my TBR for far too long ... or, I may not.  :-)  That will be a topic for next week!

Good reading to all.
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Sep. 21st, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I imagine you are feeling a sense of relief too at being ahead of schedule. :-) Enjoy your reading and have a great week!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a slave to my schedule ... which is something I'd like to change. So this is refreshing!
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm impressed, having your goals met by the 21st! That's one for the charts! ;o)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Oh yeah ... there will definitely be charts!
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I am envious that you can pop on a train and visit NYC. It sounds like you had a great time and what a perfect book for your adventure!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Well, you'd be surprised how seldom we take advantage of our proximity to places like NYC and DC. And every time I do it, I vow to do so more often. But do I? No ... oh well.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Your trip to NYC sounds great (especially the meeting LT friends for drinks part!!). Congrats on being ahead of your reading schedule!!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Thanks Wendy! I really need to get away from being so "programmed" ... this feels good!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
You know The Bears wanted to emigrate to New York this Autumn, don't you, following the NYP's prom concerts over here this Summer? Unfortunately their Autumn concerts are sold out so they had to unpack their bags and we're having a New York Season of books films and recorded concerts instead. The Chabon is high on our list.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
I guess books, films, and recorded concerts are the next best thing to being there! I manage to live in London using the same technique!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Quartet in Autumn is a beautiful book. Of course, I'm such a Pym fanatic, I love all her work, but QIA is one of my absolute favorites. I first discovered it when I was much younger and now I'm a lot closer in age to the people in the book! Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I always do.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by! So far, so good on QIA. It's really delightful. And Pym is such a little-known gem isn't she?
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