A few weeks ago, I went to the launch party for American Chordata, a print and digital literary magazine that my friend Alice works on. I met Alice, her boyfriend, and another friend for dinner at Mominette where we ate oysters and cheese plates and laughed at how annoying we were being for the wait staff.
We moseyed on over to Molasses Books for the party. I'd never been there before, but it's small and cute and wonderful and sells me beer and iced coffee at the same time.
I ran into a lot of cool people I haven't seen in a while, like my photographer friend Alison (we talked about camera lenses and our crush on the word "liminal") and my writer friend Andrea.
We perused a shelf of old paperbacks, admiring the cover art and cheesy back-cover synopses. I squealed and started shouting when I found the 1980s Pan Books edition of Douglas Adams' So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (vol. 4 of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). I had the Hitchhiker's Guide volume of this set, but none of the others. Each of the covers is divided into quarters, and when you put all four books together, the quarters combine to make various images. So of course I bought it.
I was feeling really full of beer and iced coffee when my friends Lauren and Bret showed up. They were hungry and Molasses was too crowded, so we walked over to Tandem where we ran into more friends. We stole their table, and then immediately left because Tandem's kitchen was closed. Archie's goes all night though, so we ended up there, eating pizza, drinking beer and cider. I made friends with the table next to us because they were from North Carolina too, and then I made friends with two French guys who are visiting Brooklyn for a few weeks.
American Chordata, Issue One is now available online (it's free!). They are also accepting submissions for Issue Two until July 31, so send them your work!