Brooklyn and L.A. coffee shops: a handy guide for writers

Kevin, visiting Los Angeles for the summer on a CUNY poetry fellowship, compares the writerly coffee shop culture on the two coasts:

Here at the Insomnia, there are just solitary units conferring only with their muse. In Brooklyn it’s all about artists in conference. The L Café* isn’t a place to work, rather to discuss your work, the work you intend to do, or the work you have no intention of taking on but are more than happy to go on about.

“How’s your project progressing?”

“Oh, it’s reached a very interesting stage.”

“That’s cool.”

“And how about that project of yours?”

“Oh, there’s been some interest, but I might do something else.”

“Cool.”

* The L Café shut down recently, but substitute The Read or Phoebe’s and the same principles apply.


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