Dens of Pleasure

For those times when you simply must do something, visit one of these cerebral meccas.  They might just as well be filled with opium for all the delicious danger they represent.  Caveat emptor!

For those times when you really need to slum it, Daedalus Bookstore is the Costco of books.  Nearly everything is $5.98 or under.  Massive inventory of university press remainders.  Great for all out binge-fests and acquiring volumes 3, 7 and 9 of Remembrance of Things Past, your third copy of Trilling’s Liberal Imagination, or 12 different editions of the Bach Cello Suites–including the 2007 Harmonia Mundi.  I plan on talking to the owner about putting in separate Steve Reich and Zizek alcoves.

The Strand

Simply put:  The Crack Den.  Go here at your own risk.

Powell’s Books

The Crack Den West with Coffee.  I got deliriously lost and found myself erratically grabbing volumes of Rumi, Spiegelman, and Chelsea Handler.  They specialize in rare and hard-to-find items like Ikkyu, William Gibson, and cheap messenger bags that actually work.  T-shirts have a softness that even the most sun-avoidant readers will find soothing.

In Pursuit of Tea

This tea is heaven and can help sustain you through long, slow sessions of late-afternoon writing when you find yourself working things over and over.  The uber-hot Top Chef judge, Tom Colicchio, features it in his Craft Bar in The Flatiron District and turned me on to it.  Don’t miss the Karigane Kukicha–it’s almost as perfect as Olivier Martinez playing the French rare books dealer in Unfaithful.

The North Bennet Street School of Craftsmanship

Caution:  hotties at work!  Bookbinding, jewelry making, violin making, preservation carpentry . . . the attention to detail is truly libidinal here.  I cannot recommend them highly enough..

YouTube for smart people.  So many hotties, so little time.

More porn, please!

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