Brooklyn, New York

What a warm and terrific audience.  We're at the beautiful Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene (thanks, Alexis, for managing this great event).  Many friends here, and in the third row at the end, my parents.  Next to me and out of the frame: Susan Choi, who graced us with a breathtaking passage from her novel-in-progress.  Here she is with me at the bar afterward......wondering if it's really such a good idea to be digging into this--yes--Luminarium cake!  Who knows what's in it?  Here's me and my editor Mark, succumbing to the effects:And here's Jay Reed, the knife-wielding lunatic who brought it, going mad from the hallucinogens his pastry chef friend baked into it: