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octpfas_081513-9601The New York Public Library is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Not just architecturally, though it certainly is that, but conceptually. A free space where any woman or man can come to partake of the accumulated record of human thought.  For readers, for thinkers, it is a holy space, more so than any church.

Where better to celebrate our passion for reading, for freedom, and for equality?

Now you might ask, was the crowd that gathered interested in reading and freedom and equality? Was that the spark we saw in their eyes as they marveled at the view behind us?

We’re going to say yes. Fuck it. Call us Pangloss, but we choose to believe we live in the best of all possible worlds, where a crowd can be galvanized at a moment’s notice by a hunger for knowledge and an appreciation for a well-turned serif.

IMG_1606IMG_1607octpfas_081513-9618IMG_1598IMG_1618We also had a lovely time in Bryant Park right behind the library, but that’s the stuff of another post entirely. We’ll just leave you with a taste…

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A friend forwarded us this photo he found, dating back at least a couple of decades, proving we’re not the first women to enjoy reading in the altogether. Of course, they didn’t do it outdoors back then.  But they seem to have done it in a combination library/bank vault, which is pretty cool, too.

Because tomorrow’s supposed to be all thunderstormy and today was gorgeous, a couple of us took a trip to the park today…Bryant Park, right behind the main HQ of the New York Public Library.

Today’s reading material included GETTING OFF by Lawrence Block and CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust.  We spent some time reading out on the grassy lawn…

…and then repaired to the steps of the library for some reading in the shade.