Warm Summer Night in Washington Square

Had wonderful time at Book Expo America, and books are not dead, thank you, although the landscape is changing rapidly. Went back to my hotel after the last day, took a shower, grabbed my scooter and headed south to Washington Square. There’s always great music and often comics and acrobats performing there. Susan and the Serenaders were doing doo-wop harmonies, a form of music I love.

Then I went over and listened to the Baby Soda Band (below) doing 20s-30s songs. I have a washtub bass I made, but this wooden bass made by Peter Ford is a lot better and – long story made short — Peter’s going to cut out the parts for another one and UPS to me. It has a range about an octave and a half whereas my present one has a 6-note range. I’m excited. Then over to watch two very funny acrobatic brothers who had maybe 150 people watching their act.

The city is like a village on warm nights, with street entertainment in parks, sidewalk cafes, people sitting on stoops.

Below: guy on left is just going airborne. He dove over the five people, went headfirst through a hoop made by his brothers arms, landed on his hands on the ground, and did a somersault.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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