I didn't go to BEA...so I have no photos of towering stacks of books, authors, restaurants or special invitations to publisher parties...heck...if I ever went to BEA I would be the person wandering around the Javits Center like a lost soul. Savvy bloggers would cut in front of me in line and I would probably let them. I don't even have a Blogger Business Card...is there such a thing?
It's not that I have never been to NYC...we have...dozens of times...we can take the Acela and be there in an hour...we have favorite restaurants...we usually stay at the W near where the Farmers Market is...we go to shows...always have lunch at Union Square Cafe...and slip into P.J. Clark's because it's our tradition. We try to find time for Balthazar's...another gem. We have eaten at Daniel Boulud's famed restaurant...spent an entire day at the Natural History Museum...and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. I want to go soon to walk the High Line...and eat shaved ice in the heat...because of a show I just saw on the Cooking Channel. One of my favorite things in the world was eating hot sweet peanuts from a vendor in NYC at Christmas time...and a hot dog on the stairs of the Natural History Museum right before an IMax dolphin show.
I look at everyone's BEA photos with interest and if I am totally honest with me...envy...especially when I see all those books...it seems as though everyone gets hundreds of books...literally hundreds...people seem to spend a lot of time mailing books home to themselves.
But...I can't imagine myself ever going to an actual BEA...it just seems overwhelming...too much to take in...too much going on...exhausting...for me...any way...it kind of reminds me of school...in a weird way. I could see myself being excited about going but once I saw crowds and lines...slipping away and going back to my room or to Soho or Greenwich or a bookstore...that's more me...or a least it's the me I think I am.
So...the BEA posts are finally winding down...I am dealing with my envy...sort of...especially for anyone who got this book...sigh!