On the road: Brooklyn

I'm in New York City for a few days on a business trip but had the unexpected pleasure of getting to do a little sight-seeing!

Yesterday I visited the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, which is definitely a gem.  Filled from floor-to-ceiling with books, papers, articles, videos, tapes, posters, pins, and clothing, it's pretty incredible.

Unlike most archives, they collect books as many come from small presses, are independently published, and/or go out of print so quickly.

I spotted many first editions or other intriguing copies of books by some of my favorite authors, including a 1937 edition of Djuna Barnes' Nightwood.  (It was very hard resisting the impulse to pull out a big stack of books, park myself in a corner, and read away.)

Not sure I'll get to do any more bookish sightseeing for the rest of my trip -- I'm back in Boston tomorrow and do have to do some work today, le sigh.  But this was a fun, surprising visit!


  1. What a beautiful place! This is really an amazing collection. I'd love to get to check it out.

    Have a great rest of your trip.

    1. It was fantastic -- a mix of 'traditional' materials and literally things sent by lesbians from around the world. Articles, personal diaries, unpublished manuscripts or plays, cassettes of unsigned bands -- the wealth of material was amazing.

  2. How awesome! I love unexpected sightseeing. It's the best, actually -- because you don't plan for it, you can really soak up the fun randomness of it all.

    1. It really is! And letting the 'spirit' move you can really pay off!

  3. I'm glad you got to have a little fun on your business trip!

  4. Sounds like a a terrific spot to visit :) And I loved Nightwood - such a fantastic read!

  5. Just love a good bookstore! Heartening, too that small independent bookstore that curate a special focus or cultivate a niche still seem to be thriving. One finds things there that you'd never stumble upon in a bigger store or online. So fun!


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