Thursday, June 28, 2012

Truly Amazing Dead People

Troost had a garden I did not visit.
After work, I spent a big chunk of my day in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn waiting to pick up a kid from her graduation party. I don't want to seem like a broken record, or a member of a cult, but I had The Artist Way with me so decided to catch up on the homework in both of these cafes.

I rarely visit Greenpoint so I was delighted to be in two brand new coffee shops in one afternoon. (I'm old enough now to be able to use words like "delighted.") I don't know if I'm supposed to--is The Artist Way akin to therapy sessions that you're not supposed to talk about?--but I wanted to share some of my homework here.

Maybe it doesn't matter out of context, but here's a piece of it:  Dead people you wish you'd met(off the top of my head at the time): Jimi Hendrix, Alice Neel, Andy Warhol, Vic Chestnutt, Gram Parsons, Joey Ramone, Emily Dickinson, Alexander McQueen, Harriet Beecher Stowe (I thought of more than five.)

Traits people you admire have (including the dead people): creativity, courage in the face of criticism, audacious acts, beauty, originality, intelligence, enthusiasm, charisma

Well, that's all for now. I liked both of the cafes I visited today. In the first, Troost, I had a pickled beet/goat cheese/arugula a ciabatta and an iced coffee with a soundtrack that included the Jesus and Mary Chain and Stevie Wonder. In the second, Milk and Roses (which has a grand piano that no one was playing at the time), I had an iced tea while listening to Tina Turner do "River Deep, Mountain High."
Whoa, right?  @ Milk and Roses


  1. Delightful! (I'm old enough too.)

  2. a delightful list, and a delightful wall of books.