Like the beginning of 1Q84, I immediately recognized the Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on the radio. Ok, so in 1Q84 it was Leoš Janáček and I actually didn’t know what act of Swan Lake it was (turns out it was the great trumpet solo in Act 1 – No. 2 Valse), but I was impressed with myself nonetheless. Cultural reference to start the new year… check.
My musical spidey-sense went off while I was browsing the Strand bookstore. Despite the ridiculous amount of books contained within, I prefer the low key Strand kiosk on 60th and 5th avenue, but more on that later. If you ever read a book outside of school for fun, or if you are looking for your required reading, you’ll love either Strand location. The main store is a nice place to visit after you visit the new Museum of Mathematics or MoMath for short.