Book Keeping: A Readers’ Commmunity
Presented by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Sarah Crichton Books / FSG
Just in time for the holidays, Jeremiah Tower, and his editor, Will Schwalbe talked through the difference between restaurant manners and home manners, serving a forgotten guest, and the ideal dinner party.
I never set out to write a memoir. Nor did I set out to become old. Apparently I have managed to do both, first the second, and then the first. Hence, Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, whose title was wittily suggested by one of my friends last year. I can’t remember which one, however.
I’ve recently been touring around giving talks and readings in bookstores, libraries, and colleges. The subject is my latest book, Now I Sit Me Down, a history of the chair. A common question from the audience is “What is your favorite chair?” I think that the implied question is actually “What is your favorite chair design?” But I prefer to answer it literally. I have come to the conclusion that what makes a chair a “favorite” is not the way it looks, or the fame of its designer, but rather the way it is used.