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New York Tolkien Conference

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In now under one week, I will be in New York for the New York Tolkien Conference, where I will be presenting with Oshun a paper titled The Borders of the (Fictional) World: Fan Fiction Archives, Ideological Approaches, and Fan Identity. If you'll be in New York next Saturday and want to attend the conference, tickets are available here for $11 pre-registration ($15 at the door). It's a really great conference and you can't beat the cost.

I will also be in New York for the weekend, arriving Friday late afternoon and departing Sunday morning, so I'd love to meet up if anyone is interested. I'll be by myself this year, as we don't yet know anyone here well enough to impose on them to watch the Goldens for a weekend. Last year, we did a dinner after the conference, so if you're interested in doing that again, or meeting Friday evening or at the conference on Saturday, please let me know in a comment here or email me at DawnFelagund@gmail.com. (Tagging heartofoshun, anuhealani, zopyrus, marta_bee, and periantari as people I know are in town.)

I have one thousand things I want to write about here, but my days have looked something like work on the house during the day, work on conference stuff at night with very little to spare. I will definitely have to catch up soon, though; there's so much in these last three weeks that I want to remember.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • I cannot do Friday night (it would be really hard--maybe not entirely impossible), but would love to have dinner after the conference. If other people prefer Friday, I will be sad if I can't make it, but won't be hurt or insulted! (I don't operate that way.) I would really enjoy seeing people also though!!

    Wow! Need to get cracking and am having trouble waking up this morning.

    (Or alternatively, you could come to Brooklyn Friday night and I would feed any or all of you.)

    Edited at 2016-07-10 03:10 pm (UTC)
    • You and I can do dinner Saturday night even if no one else can, if you want! I'm there both nights, and I have to eat both nights, and I'd rather have company than not! :)

      My train comes into Penn Station at around 6:30 on Friday evening. I don't know the feasibility of making it over to Brooklyn on that schedule; you would know better! :) I'd imagine it's far, especially during rush hour?
      • It can be a bit of a trek. Although rush hour is faster than in between times--assuming you took public transportation. And you are uninitiated!

        I still shudder to remember being stuck alone in one of the more remote outskirts of Mexico City at 2:00 a.m. in a driving rain and not sure if the combi (a converted VW microbus--usually blasting rancheros--that picks up and lets off passengers along a route) I was waiting for even operated at night. It did, but was almost empty and then the driver was creeping on me!

        It's nothing like that to come to my house, but it might not be what you want to spend your evening on the night before a conference presentation. Definitely want to have dinner after the conference.

        In case you want to live adventurously (Fare : $2.75) here is the trek to my house:

        Approx Travel Time : 49 minutes (actually a little longer!)
        From 34TH ST - PENN STATION
        A train (EXPRESS)
        Take the LEFFERTS BLVD-OZONE PARK bound
        Train departing at 6:35 PM (not exact--they come when they come, but frequently at this time!)
        Get off at WEST 4TH ST STATION (UPPER LEVEL) at 6:40 PM

        Take the STILLWELL AV-CONEY ISLAND bound Train departing at 6:44 PM
        Arrive at ATLANTIC AV - BARCLAYS CTR STATION D/N/R at 6:59 PM

        Transfer to the STILLWELL AV-CONEY ISLAND bound Train departing at 7:01 PM
        Get off at 18TH AV STATION N at 7:18 PM

        Walk 0.3 miles (6 minutes) North-East to destination.

        Not twisting your arm or anything--just being silly!
        • 49 minutes is nothing! You can see my Baltimore mentality at work here. Everything takes longer at rush hour, and Baltimore rush hour is a doozy. Why have extra trains at rush hour? That makes sense! And public transportation is slooooow in B'more. I took the light rail downtown once for a convention for work. It is normally a 35-minute ride on the weekend. Not bad. It took an hour and a half at rush hour.

          It is also more expensive than $2.75, though not by much. But DC?? When we took the DC Metro to Alexandria for Midmoot a few years ago, I think it was something like $26 round trip for the both of us.

          (Editing to add that the closest I had to the combi experience was also on the DC Metro. Bobby and I had gone into town to see a concert at the 9:30 Club, which is a very well know venue in DC. When the show was over, we ran full speed to the Metro station and barely made the last train. What city has public transport that closes so early that it's nearly impossible to use for a concert at a major venue?! A whack city like DC I suppose! Although I'm remembering now that Baltimore did one even better and, the last time U2 was in town, in the football stadium (so tens of thousands of people attending), told everyone to use public transport then failed to schedule extra trains and began shutting it down before everyone was on board. I remember being packed cheek to jowl in the light rail while the family adjacent us was nearly in hysterics because the Metro had already closed and they had no way out of the city.)

          So yeah ... I'm totally up for doing it if you're willing to have me! :) I'm not uninitiated to the NY subway, so I should be okay. I'll have been on the Amtrak train for eight hours by that point, so I should be totally ready to go for the next day; any loose ends I plan to tie up then, and I should have plenty of time to do so.

          Edited at 2016-07-10 10:52 pm (UTC)
  • I wish I could be there with you!
    • Me too! Well, someday I will be in your part of the world; I've never been, and that seems really wrong! :)
  • Oh I'd wish...
    • Me too! ^_^ But when I'm back next week, I'll be doing some inquiry about a Mereth Aderthad so ...
  • Gosh, that would be so fun! Have only technically been "to New York" once as an adult (an afternoon while visiting family in Princeton ...). One day, I will actually go there!

    Wish I could watch you guys present!
    • I love NYC ... to visit! I'm always very ready to return to my trees and my quiet and my relative lonesomeness, but I've had a blast each of the dozen or so times I've been.

      (Of course, NYC is a bit of an easier trip for me than for you, although not as easy for me anymore as it was! :)

      I am video recording our presentation, so everyone who can't make it in person can be there vicariously.
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    • It would be! I will keep you posted. The conference is at Baruch College, and my hotel is nearby as well, so I will probably aim to go to somewhere nearby.
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        • I still don't have anything carved into stone for tomorrow evening. I have a few people I will maybe be meeting, and Anthony comments on this page that there might be a dinner meet-up for the conference as a whole. If you still want to meet, maybe it's best to just meet at Baruch after the conference? The last session ends at five.
  • I've missed a lot! Boo-hoo since last year I wanted to attend the next conference but I don't think I can manage it in a week's time. I'll have to wait for next year. This past month has been a bugger with my retirement, Sean's graduation, etc.

    • 4 Days to Go!

      Came across this in site stats for the Conference. Looking forward to having you all there! For those who cannot attend, next year is the 80th publication anniversary of The Hobbit, guess what our celebratory focus will be for the Conference? We are also seeking to expand to a two day event, but SPOILERS :-p
      This fall we will contact presenters on doing a combined volume of papers from the 2015/16 Conferences.
      Lastly, we are going out after the Conference, someplace nearby, undecided where right now.
      Thanks again to everyone for their time and support of this event.
      In Fellowship,

      Edited at 2016-07-11 09:15 pm (UTC)
    • Congrats on retirement and to Sean too! :)

      Watch this space too because we are starting to seriously talk about a real honest-to-goodness Mereth Aderthad in the wilds of Vermont next year (i.e., my backyard :D).
  • Hope all goes well with the conference and you all enjoy it!
    • Thank you! We're getting to the easy part. Janet and I made it through a week of collaborating constantly via email and we're still friends, so that bodes well for the rest of the weekend. :D
  • I wish I could go! I would love to have a chance to sit down and talk Tolkien with people in RL, it would be great fun. Maybe one of these years!
    • I would have loved for you to have attended our talk! And thank you so much for your contributions to our project. :)

      The NYTC seems like an annual or at least a regular thing, which makes me happy because it's close enough to attend regularly and I had a great time last year. A few of us are also talking seriously about having a Mereth Aderthad next summer, so depending on when they're having the conference next year, it might work out to be a combined thing (and reduce some of the sting of that overseas flight ...)
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