Unexpected Hazards of Manhattan
Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (Jodi Kantor of the New York Times Edition)

Unexpected Benefits of Manhattan...

Unexpectedly early to a lunch in Greenwich Village:

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I halt the cab at the Flatiron Building

to see if can possibly finally meet a Nielsen Hayden or two in the flesh. And whom do I also find there sitting in a semi-lotus position but New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing on tour for his brand-new (and excellent) book Little Brother, who proceeds to:

  • give me his five-minute lecture on why he finds David Brin's The Transparent Society too optimistic,

  • and then hands me a pre-sale copy of Jo Walton's Half a Crown for me to read on the plane back to San Francisco.

(I had expected to meet Doctorow at CFP on Thursday, but he was then in San Francisco signing books).

Now off to lunch with Nouriel Roubini at the Mercer Kitchen...