Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bridge for sale — cheap!!!


Wrong river, wrong bridge, wrong side of town, but right city, so I still felt a bit like Richard Stark's Parker in the opening scene of The Hunter when I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge this afternoon.

I had just come from the Mysterious Bookshop, so I had company on my stroll over the East River: books by Kate Atkinson, David Corbett, Maureen Jennings, Peter Rabe and Dominic Stansberry, plus the issue of The Strand Magazine that contains a previously unpublished story by Dashiell Hammett, and a pamphlet Ken Bruen wrote about Jack Taylor as part of a series that Mysterious Bookshop released of crime writers discussing their lead characters.

Am staying in a B&B in midtown Manhattan that calls one of its buildings an SRO. Now, I'd always associated that term with loneliness, if not downright decrepitude. But times have changed; my room has a jacuzzi.

© Peter Rozovsky 2011

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16 Comments:

Blogger Michael Malone said...

A jacuzzi AND a pile of new books. Is that a winning combination?

April 16, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And a historic bridge. It's why I love New York1

April 16, 2011  
Anonymous I.J.Parker said...

A bed and breakfast in Manhattan? My last hotel stay broke the bank.

I love New York.

April 16, 2011  
Blogger Glenna said...

Geez, you're living it up over there aren't you. A jacuzzi, fun sites to visit and a pile of books from a bookshop? You can't go wrong.

Have a great trip.

April 16, 2011  
Blogger Yvette said...

A B&B in Manhattan - be still my heart. I grew up in the city and miss it every day of my life.

I hope you'll have a chance, Peter, to hit the Partners & Crime bookstore downtown. It's a great mystery bookstore as well.

April 16, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I.J., this brief stay was no day at the beach for the old wallet, either. But yes, one always finds things to do in New York. I had never visited Mysterious Bookshop or walked across the Brooklyn Bridge before yesterday.

April 16, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Glenna, the place's single rooms were occupied, and I didn't wand a dormitory-style room, ao they gave me a good deal on a suite -- more than I'd wanted to pay for a room but less than the suite's advertised price. All I can say is that some of today's transients enjoy luxury their predecessor never dreamed of. This was high-end transient living at its finest.

April 16, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yvette, this was just a one-day stopever in New York. I've been to Partners & Crime for a number of events as well, and I'll doubtless go back.

April 16, 2011  
Blogger seana said...

Where're you headed this time, Peter?

April 16, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I've already arrived -- in Montreal. I decided to break up the trip with the day at the Mysterious Bookshop, on the Brooklyn Bridge, and in my SRO jacuzzi in midtown Manhattan.

Just back from dinner with the family, with further witticisms from my newphews possible in future posts.

April 16, 2011  
Blogger seana said...

Newphews is a good neologism. Worthy of the word vericator, in fact.

Passover celebrations?

v word is inging. Which is kind of meta...

April 17, 2011  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Have a good Passover!

Glad you stopped in at Mysterious Bookshop and stocked up on good books.

I just finished Kate Atkinson's new book, and while I found it a big difficult to get into, with several characters, in a seemingly disparate plot, it all comes together quite well.

And there's philosophical questions and wit sprinkled throughout ... some funny moments.

Quite a good read I thought after I turned the last page.

April 17, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana, the newphews are not that new anymore. They're like single-malt whiskies -- 10 and 12 years old. So chalk that one up to sloppy typing.

Yes, Passover celebrations and a birthday in the family.

April 17, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Kathy.

Is Started Early, Took My Dog Kate Atkinson's most recent novel? That's the one I bought. The opening page sold me.

April 17, 2011  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Yes, that's the one.

I had a bit of trouble in the beginning, but yet enjoyed Atkinson's writing; she puts in such good thoughts and sentences. Much is to be savored.

Just wait until some characters start asking philosophical questions in the middle of action...fun. (Who are you? Who are any of us really?)

April 17, 2011  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Kathy, the narration on the first page is self-consciously witty, and it still works for me. That's rare, so I have high hopes for the book.

April 17, 2011  

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