..was pretty fantastic; I went to a cocktail party for new members of the board of directors of The Writers Room (I am one) and talked with so many brilliant people, like stunning, and of course, the best part was that Anne Landsman couldn't be with us because she's in London for The Rowing Lesson, and people are saying things like "confirms her reputation as a major new voice" in the first line of the review (The Guardian)! Our host for the evening was the quintessential bibliophile ("Try again, fail again, fail better" is etched into the stone of the fireplace) and has an art collection of over 2,200 images of people reading. It started with a serendipitous purchase of works by Jim Dine and Larry Rivers, and grew from there. One of the guests owns the Cornelia Street Cafe, so we chatted about cafes, and that reminded me to tell you, that when I wrote that post on Paris last week, the thing that inspired it (that I forgot) was that Soft Skull Press sent me a book, Paris Cafe: The Select Crowd, that j'adore j'adore j'adore. And then when I came home, there was a superhot photo of the Cornelia Street Cafe on The New Yorker blog. After I left the party, I took a cab down to the East Village to have sushi with a friend, and afterwards, at his suggestion, we bought all the flowers we could carry. It was just that kind of an evening. Tonight, more magic awaits at Bookcourt, where Janice Erlbaum and Jami Attenberg are reading their stories of New York right now. Do join us if you're in the neighborhood. Tomorrow night, the Alex Cox/Rudy Wurlitzer cinematic dazzler, Walker, screens at Lincoln Center. The New York Times called it a "hip, cool, political satire," and noted, "''Walker' is something very rare in American movies these days. It has some nerve." Can't wait. Neither should you! Other things I am enamored of today include the nice weather, the person who told me I had beautiful hair after yoga (excellent proof of the theory that seduction is simply an appeal to one's vanity), Modern British Poetry, Miss Jen Bekman's 20x200.