We wonder if it is too late to change the strategic plan that has us living out of suitcases for four months. What we now want to do instead of finishing the reading room facelift is to move to the Taft Museum of Art. The TMA was nice enough to open up last Thursday night so we could have our Modern Novel event someplace other than the roof outside our temporary world headquarters. Not only does the TMA have spectacular separate modern bogs for ladies and gents, complete with subtle indirect lighting, but they have people. That’s right. There are people to set up the chairs and people to take down the chairs. People. Here at the super thrifty ML, we are the people. But we’re getting old, and we like the TMA way of doing things.
The occasion at the Taft was Chris Bohjalian’s night in the Modern Novel series that has brought Lisa See, Chang-rae Lee, and Jeffrey Eugenides, all of whom were exemplary guests, but Bohjalian kicked literary back boards in the cooperative guest competition. After we move to the Taft, we’ll just put on Chris Bohjalian events for the next twenty years and we’ll never have to lift a finger as the people and Chris just make it happen.