Now watch it shoot like comet across the night sky!
That was fun — thanks to Zack and Christien of BookCourt and to the the big and lively group I was hoping for.
Tuesday night in Boston, I gave a (comparatively) tight lecture at the Old State House to a room filled mainly with strangers, who stayed right with me, helped me out, occasionally did laugh at my jokes, and asked great questions. Some youngish, well-dressed people in attendance make me think that Nat Sheidley, historian of the Bostonian Society, managed to market the event to Boston’s financial district — very satisfying mix of people for my subjects. Finance people are into this stuff! One very smart guy asked, basically, “why the note of negativity about Robert Morris?” Without some negativity — it’s not only about Morris! — there’s no way to get the distance I need. Clearing ground can look violent. More to consider on that question.
Then last night, a loose ramble for familiar Brooklyn faces, family members from the five boroughs and the exurbs — plus a few people I’ve actually never seen before who made great comments. Some mild hilarity. Got to talk about what it’s really like, for me, to write a book like this one. I think at one point I suggested we stop talking about the Boston Tea Party for all time, and for that matter stop talking about England. Sold out the copies. Killed both the wine and the whiskey. Thanks to all who came and to all who helped promote.