Sometime last year I began getting New York cravings, which is most unlike me. You know those people who love travelling, those starry-eyed-with-wanderlust types? That’s not me. The thought of backpacking anywhere fills me with horror. And as someone who uses and loves words, the frustrations of being somewhere where you don’t understand or speak the language overwhelm the charms of new-shiny-magical-experiences. (I am a pretty boring person, really. It’s what happens when you live inside your head a lot.)
But I’d been to New York a few years before, and loved it, or at least the pieces I’d seen (almost entirely Manhattan-ish). And the cravings hit. And then Laura mentioned she was planning on visiting there again soon…
(Her thoughts and indeed photos are up, for any of you that are interested!)
So, yes. Some high points:
–> William Shatner is currently doing a one-man show on Broadway (running for only three weeks – may be just finishing up now, actually). Did not know this ’til I arrived and passed by a theatre/theater with his face and ‘Shatner’s World’ on it. Was clearly fate. It. Was. Awesome.
–> Saw a wonderful cast including Alan Rickman in a marvellous play called Seminar, in which he plays a grumpy, snarky writing teacher. IT IS GENIUS. So many wonderful moments, and comments ranging from insightful to deranged on the matter of writing. And, y’know, Alan Rickman.
–> The New York Public Library is very very pretty altogether. I love the Lego lions inside the main entrance.
–> Know it’s a cliche, but, oh, the view from the Empire State Building observation deck at night… wow.
–> There is lots and lots of art in the Guggenheim, the Met, and MOMA. (How many water lilies did Monet paint, incidentally?! Sheesh.)
–> The Strand remains my favourite real-life bookshop.
Okay, apparently I have much more to say about the Broadway things than the sights. But I have scribbles about the sights, in a notebook, along with other thoughts and notes and plans. I left feeling slightly overwhelmed but also inspired – like what Julia Cameron calls ‘artist dates’, but turned up to eleven. Work has been slightly manic this past week or so, but I’m keeping that notebook nearby and will turn it into something a little more whole by the end of the year, hopefully.
Next up on the blog this week: book-review post! Including some things first read on – gasp! – Kindle.