Trompe L’oeil Ending

Dutch Word of the Day
compensatie: compensation
Compensatie is zoet.
Compensation is sweet.

After waiting at Starbucks for 20 minutes for a simple vanilla frap, I got a freebie for next time. Super zoet.

I wanted to see Alison Bechdel read at the Happy Ending’s series in order to solve one question: how to graphic novelists do readings? Do they use a projector? Do they narrate what goes on in each panel? Or, do they just play characters using different voices and focal points a la high school speech and debate? But there were too many people reading ahead of her and I couldn’t stay that late. Now I’ll never know.

So instead I left early wandered around the neighborhood, which was Chinatown right by the Manhattan Bridge. The site of the Reading Series was a little too cool for school. The picture above is the exterior, very unassuming and a bit rundown. But the inside (past another set of doors and down a little corridor) was this very dark and chicly lit bar. Keeping the facade that way was a smart tactical move for masking the gentrification. Kind of makes me wonder about what’s behind all of these homely doors downtown.

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2 Responses to “Trompe L’oeil Ending”


  1. 1 Anonymous June 28, 2007 at 22:39

    Nice blog.

    Be careful about sporting getting into venues without an ID. It can put the venue out of business if someone from zoning (or some neighbor that doesn’t like them or whatever) finds the blog.

    I’ve known two venues shut down because of a blogger. Without any real situation either.

  2. 2 jbz June 29, 2007 at 03:18

    Good call! As much as they were intimdatingly cool, I’d hate to see them go under.


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