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!

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  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.

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    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 Articles, personal diaries, unpublished manuscripts or plays, cassettes of unsigned bands -- the wealth of material was amazing.

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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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