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London Calling (Really Late)

Big Ben 1

So British!

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve updated you all…yet again. There’s so much to talk about! Biggest thing first: London was great.  I love that city so much; it’s clean, it’s friendly, it’s full of delightful accents! The only downside is that the entire city shuts down way too early for this night owl. Where are my 24 hour subways? I mean, I might not ever actually stay out until 4 AM, but it’s comforting to know I could if I wanted to! But seriously, I think what I love about London is the mixture of old and new. Centuries old buildings on modern street, Gothic architecture and Canary Wharf. You feel so small and yet so connected.

The London Book Fair was really interesting. You can head over to NYU’s Publishing blog for my post about the fair. Here I’ll just give some highlights: I saw the Duchess of Cornwall, I attended a presentation about the beautiful new rebrands of the adult British Harry Potter books, and I got to work with an actual British butler who said “Cheerio.” The conference was really interesting, I really loved hearing the optimism about ebooks and learning a little about the difference between the British and American publishing industries. It was really interesting to compare the fair to BEA, which was a couple weeks ago. LBF is much more business to business oriented, while BEA seems more about marketing and promoting their list. I’m so glad I got to attend!

As for the touristy stuff, we had a very thorough cab tour of the city on our first day, which was nice. I can’t believe how much we saw in those 3 hours! I also got to spend some time with my favorite Brazilian, Marilia. We not only partied together at the very exclusive Kobo Party (which featured the world’s greatest cover band, no joke), but we spent my free day together shopping and touring the Globe, which is just as lovely and fascinating and inspiring as I remembered.

Very Hogwarts!

Very Hogwarts!

I also got to attend The Drowned Man, Punchdrunk’s latest production. In case you’re new here Punchdrunk is the theater company behind Sleep No More and Drowned Man is their  newest show based on Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck and The Day of the Locust. The show is closing in July, and I was so lucky to see it. It’s been running since last summer, and I’d

long ago resigned myself to the fact I’d never get to go…but then this London trip happened and I was able to squeeze in two shows! I loved it so much; it was like Sleep No More cranked up to 11: everything was bigger and grander and a little more overwhelming. There was an entire DESERT on one floor, complete with sand! And the finale was nothing short

of spectacular. The big moments shone and the smaller, intimate moments were just as special. I was extra glad to be able to introduce my friend Alicia to the show; she is a dancer and I feel like she can appreciate the choreography much better than I can! It was really good to see her and even better to be able to share this art form I love so much! And while

it’s killing me there are still so many mysteries I didn’t get to solve, I’m honored I had the opportunity to visit Temple Studios for myself.

So that was London. A rush of books, friends, history, and mysteries. I’m going to leave you here, but I promise, I will have a blog post up next week. You can look forward to the GREAT BIG THEATER RECAP. Until then, cheerio!

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Top 10 Nice Things from the Past 4 Days

The past several days have been insanely busy. We had my brother’s graduation party on Saturday from 1-5, and at midnight we got in the car to drive to New York City (about a 12 hour drive) so I could move into my dorm for NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute. And it’s been pretty non-stop since then. I’m enjoying it, the first two days have taught me a lot, but my brain is overloaded. I’m not sure what to say about the program (or what I can say), so instead, I present a top 10 list, in no particular order, of things I love from the past 4 days:

1. Subway

I forgot how much I love good public transportation. I used to take the bus to work in downtown Cincinnati, and while it wasn’t bad, it was actually really expensive for the lack of convenience. I love the speed and ease of the subway, and I love reading the ads on the subway. I love people watching on the subway, and I swear that the subway is one of the best places to read!

2. Cards Against Humanity

This game is like Apples to Apples, but for horrible people. It was a great bonding game for my roommates and me, as we all seem to have similarly twisted minds. We couldn’t stop laughing the entire time we played; it was great.

3. Street Fairs

Yet another thing we don’t have enough of in Cincinnati. Sunday there were not one but two street fairs going on. One was pretty basic, with booths of interesting wares, but Washington Square had a pretty cool science fair. There was an

inflatable FLYING PENGUIN. Festo has this invention called an AirPenguin that they’re using to explore automation and self-regulation. They hope to find applications to production. And if that fails, they still have synchronized flying penguins.

4. Craft Beers

No explanation necessary. I’ve already found a brilliant little bar across the street with an excellent craft beer selection!

5. Commiserating with Friends

Nothing created new friendships like common panic and terror! My roommates and I started chatting on Facebook together before we got here, and it was a huge relief to find out that they’re just as nervous, confused, and unsure of their work as I am.

6. Being Back in Class

If I know nothing else, it’s how to be a student. It feels good to be back in the classroom and learning things. I knew I missed being in college, but I didn’t think it would feel so great to be back. It’s only for a few weeks, but I’m enjoying it.

7. Local Restaurants

I love finding new, weird, local places to hang out or grab a bite to eat. It’s always an adventure, and I love finding a hidden gem!

8. Driving through mountains

There is something really cool about tunnels through mountains. I like thinking about the amount of work and innovation that went into it…and it’s just neat to be UNDER a mountain. The same goes for tunnels under rivers, too. I’m always impressed by the Lincoln Tunnel.

9. Good Coffee

I’m not a big coffee drinker, but have some choices.

10. New York City

Ok, I know this one is a little corny, but I am just so thrilled to be back in the city. Even though I’m really busy, and even though the only bits of the city I’ve seen so far have been on the way to and from class, I still have to take a minute to marvel at being here. I love the life in this city. I love the crazy things that are going on constantly and the eternal hum of traffic outside my window. I love the diversity and the freedom here. It’s expensive, it’s crowded, and it’s a little intimidating, but it’s also delightful.

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