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 itâ€™s all about artists in conference. The L CafÃ©* isnâ€™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.
“Howâ€™s your project progressing?”
“Oh, itâ€™s reached a very interesting stage.”
“And how about that project of yours?”
“Oh, thereâ€™s been some interest, but I might do something else.”