Out and About

 Washington Square Park. If you look closely, you can see a nearly nude guy on a park bench - so that's... something.

Washington Square Park. If you look closely, you can see a nearly nude guy on a park bench - so that's... something.

Spring! Spring is here!  Well it is forecast to snow again next week, but for now the sun is out; it is up to 15 degrees, and everyone (and their dogs) are out and about enjoying it.

Which is just as well, as I've been a hither and yon this week. Midtown sushi meetings with editors (accept no meetings without sushi, and sometimes beer), and a downtown meeting at School Library Journal.

Big thanks to Kiera Parrott and Shelley Diaz at SLJ for their time. There's nothing like a little perspective from a different quarter to help order your thoughts. I was very interested to hear a bit about librarians and YA (rather than booksellers and publishers), about the push for diversity, and about how SLJ's terrific Battle of the Books (AKA BoB) came to be.

Also spotted in my travels around town:

 Stylish people reading

Stylish people reading

 Shake Shack

Shake Shack

 I can't even...

I can't even...

 Spotted in my own hands - a flat white, made by an Aussie barista. This is a new thing since I was last in NYC, and I can only approve. Stoop sitting has been going on since forever - I approve of it too.

Spotted in my own hands - a flat white, made by an Aussie barista. This is a new thing since I was last in NYC, and I can only approve. Stoop sitting has been going on since forever - I approve of it too.

Weekend scenes

This lion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art put me in mind of Fred Savage as The Kid in The Princess Bride.

'She doesn't get eaten by the eels at this time.'
'What?'
'The eel doesn't get her. I'm explaining to you because you looked nervous.'
''Well, I wasn't nervous...  
Well, maybe I was a little bit concerned. But that's not the same thing.'