Strand bookstore speed dating

The conceit is that, rather than talk about yourself, you talk about a book you have brought along.

It's run of the mill speed-dating made intellectual – more Granta than Hello! The idea has already taken off across America and Canada, with speed-dating events held at such cultish venues as the Rare Book Room in New York's famous Strand bookstore (which holds an immensely popular literary speed-date every Valentine's Day).

As I entered the large room crowded with books and eligible singles, I briefly considered inventing a completely new personality for myself. I grabbed two glasses of free champagne and made my way to the end of a long, white table, where I sat down across from an attractive woman with hair and eyes equally brown. What was I, a 22-year old idiot, whose best idea of a pick-up line is something like “Do you think this place is a fire-hazard? As is so often the case, I had no idea what I wanted. They were blocked, crowded with singles on their way in. I wondered if the woman across from me noticed it too.

Two cast members will be in character while facilitating a mingling session.I find it very stimulating." Work ethic runs in the family.Bass' father, Ben, started the Strand when he was just 25 years old, with 0 of his own savings and a 0 loan from a friend.I noticed now that a number of clearly older men were making their way to the dating tables. Gradually, my effortless charm and immense personal magnetism returned, and I got the hang of speed dating. A blonde’s favorite book was "Ender’s Game"; one girl, whose eyes were sharply blue, had brought a cookbook.One man, wearing a red-collared shirt and an unnervingly broad grin, had written his favorite book on his nametag: "The Joy of Sex This sniffed vaguely of entrapment. As the night wore on, as I moved from table to table making dumb jokes and obvious points to a series of variously lovely and intelligent women, it became more and more clear to me that the difference between Literary Speed Dating and plain old un-capitalized speed dating is likely academic.You are sitting on a train, and across the aisle someone is reading one of your favourite books.

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