March 1st, 2009


Another New York Tragedy

I don't know if it's because of the skyrocketing rents or the plummeting economy, but on my way to dinner with glvalentine and vschanoes tonight, I discovered Love Saves the Day closed up shop.

I stared at the gated, empty storefront in shock. Love Saves the Day, a dumpy little antiques, toys and vintage clothing store that was perfect for last-minute gift shopping, was a Lower East Side staple for decades, the way Mars Bar and the Kiev Diner are. Or were. Even the Kiev is gone now, replaced with an upscale-looking Japanese restaurant called Song. Yeah, I know.

But I never expected to see a Second Avenue without Love Saves the Day. In a weird way, it's beyond my comprehension, as I'm sure it is to every New Yorker of my generation or older.

At moments like that, staring at the empty storefront, this city I've lived in all my life feels like a stranger to me.

Finally on DVD!

It's not Argento's best movie, but it remains a landmark film because it's basically the bridge between his earlier crime dramas like The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and Cat O' Nine Tails (1971), and what would become his classic giallo period, starting with Deep Red (1975). Worth a peek for anyone who digs early Argento, when I think he was really at his best. I've already bumped it to the top of my Netflix queue. I haven't seen it in probably fifteen years, since I caught it at the Film Forum back in the early '90s when they still featured interesting programming that included Dario Argento films. Can't wait to see this one again on DVD!

Readercon vs. Necon: The Battle Begins

After nine years of uninterrupted Necon attendance, this July I'm actually considering attending Readercon instead. I know, right? Crazy! They're not on the same weekend this year the way they were last year, but still, I can't afford both of them, and so I must choose.

It's not an easy choice to make. I have a great deal of love for and loyalty to Necon, ever since my first one back in 2000. It's a convention I've always considered not to be missed. I have a lot of history with Necon and it would feel weird, actually weird, not to be there this year.

But last year I got my first taste of Readercon when I popped in on Sunday for the first annual Shirley Jackson Awards. And I liked Readercon. I liked it a lot. I have many friends I don't get to see very often who attend Readercon but not Necon, and I'd love to hang out with them more. Also, there's the whole expanding-my-horizons thing, which is never a bad idea.

It's a tough decision, and one I'll need to make soon in order to reserve a room for myself. So I call upon your help, LJ readers. Tell me why I should choose one over the other! Help me make this earth-shattering decision!