Greetings! Welcome to the Sidewalk Sales Edition of You Are What You Read! As always let’s begin with the housekeeping chores. Our thanks go to Pam M for the taffy love of the week. This batch hails from Bermuda. Thanks Pam! The message from The SoNo Loft is Worrying is Waste. So just stop the fretting People. The Loft commands it! As far as Sidewalk Sales are concerned, there is a reason it is on the sidewalk, it is just that much closer to the dumpster it’s going to end up in.
It’s no secret that we have A LOT of cat lovers on staff. Just look at the state of some black pants mornings before the rollers come out. In this morning’s New York Times, there was this piece in the Arts Section on of all things a Cat Circus that is going to be performing in Brooklyn (of course that’s where it’s going to be) this weekend. This is their first NYC appearance because according the article she was afraid of maneuvering the bus that she and the 14 cat ensemble travel in on the city streets. There is a lot to discuss in this article. There is the fact that she originally wanted to bring a rat circus to the American Public. I would rather not think about what that would have looked like. She then tried chickens, but the Avian Flu put a damper on that. So about 10 years ago she started training shelter cats to perform all sorts of crazy tricks. I can’t lie. This sort of terrifies me. Would you want to sleep in a room with a cat who knew how to turn on lights or play an instrument? I think that this is one step away from the cats learning how to access your bank accounts and filling the fridge with Ahi tuna, foie gras and organic cream from Whole Foods. Also, we need to reflect on the idea of what it must be like traveling the country in a bus with 14 cats. You gotta hope those windows open. Honestly, this just all sounds too awful but if the Beach is not your gig, your feelings about the Sidewalk Sales echoes mine and a museum trip feels too high-brow, check out The Cat Circus instead. And report back. I want to hear all about it.
This week we have a ballerina, debt collectors, some rogue Russians, and some really angry women.
Of course there is The Playlist!
Let us begin!
Barbara M has just finished reading Life in Motion : An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland. “In 2007 at the age of twenty-four Misty Copeland became the first black soloist for the American Ballet Theatre in twenty years. Although Ms. Copeland had the physique and inborn ability to become a dancer the story of her success is remarkable. She and her siblings lived in cramped conditions and slept on blankets on the floor and she didn’t take ballet lessons until she was 13 years old. This is the story of how one young girl used her determination and courage to attain a seemingly unattainable goal. She had mentors who encouraged and helped her and she in turn encourages and helps underprivileged youths to discover their potential. It is a beautiful and hopeful story and to complete my review I urge you to watch her dance. “
Alan spent his July 4th weekend reading Jake Halperin’s Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld. “An excerpt was in the NY Times Sunday Magazine recently. It’s a fascinating story of the debt collections industry as seen from the bottom up. There is a large group of mostly shady people, many with criminal backgrounds, dealing in collecting old debts. This is a quick read revolving around some unforgettable characters that will leave you in disbelief that such a culture exists and is tolerated. You will pity both the debtors and the debt collectors.”
Pat T is here with a current favorite of staff and patron alike. "Any reader who is a fan of the character, John Corey from Plum Island will enjoy his latest escapade in Radiant Angel by Nelson Demille. John has relocated to NYC to take an assignment -surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission and his task is to keep a watchful eye on the Russian Colonel, Vasily Petrov. An ordinary Sunday morning surveillance ends up being anything but ordinary as Corey and his team follow the Mercedes with Petrov and two other Russians out to a beach house in the Hamptons. Overall, this novel was a fast paced beach read packed with action, fun characters and a plot more realistic than one would like to imagine!”
I am so in love with Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. The Literary Hangover was a long one once I put it down. For those new visitors, a Literary Hangover is that deep aching regret that you have turned your last page and have to say good bye to a story and the characters that you have just given your heart, soul and mind to. The sort of book that dooms you to home decorating or fashion magazines for weeks after because reading anything else is not an option because nothing can compare. Otto and Mathilde meet and marry after a whirlwind college romance. After years of struggle, Otto finds his fame as a famous playwright, while Mathilde makes sure that his genius is nurtured, their home runs smooth and is always full of friends, laughter and love. This is the Fates portion of the book. And then the Furies piece happens. Those of you who remember your mythology will remember that the Furies were the female spirits of justice and vengeance. The language is beautiful, the story is amazing, and you will experience not only the Literary Hangover but also Literary Whiplash when you realize the story you were reading isn’t the story at all. This one comes out in September and is probably one of my favorites of the year.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC has broken free from That State Up North and is loose in the world. I’ll let her tell all about it. What’s good Pats? “This week finds me in our Nation’s Capitol. My husband was traveling to attend the annual Public Media Development and Marketing Conference in Washington D.C., so we decided to tag along. It’s been a summer scorcher here with the kind of humidity that curls my hair into poodle-like ringlets but you will not find me complaining about the heat or the crabbiness that it’s been producing in my children. Nope. I’ve decided to make the most of our time here. I will slather on sunscreen, walk until I feel like I can’t take another step, eat, read, sleep and then repeat. We’ve all chosen specific places to visit and have compiled a list. My list includes the Library of Congress or as I refer to it, “Library Mecca”. This time of year begs for an adventure and a good old-fashioned road trip. I hope you get out, take a break and enjoy one of your own.”
DL SUNSHINE & ROADTRIPS 2015