It’s always great to be back in the city that supposedly never sleeps, although by the end of every day I’m so exhausted I never seem to have any problem falling asleep. It’s kind of amazing to visit the city in regular intervals and see what changes and what stays the same.
New: tall shiny buildings that weren’t there before!
Old: Katz’s, now under the shadow of a tall shiny building!
So far on this trip it’s also been interesting to meet with editors on both the children’s and adult side. On the adult side: people are feeling a little beaten down, they’re not going to lie. But on the children’s side they’re riding high and feeling like they made it through the worst of the recession in really good shape. Maybe more importantly, they feel like the lower price points and more varied product on the children’s side is a more sustainable model for the future.
It’s also fun to play the “[blank] is the new vampire” game, although several people I’ve talked to feel like vampire is still the new vampire.