This week's banner features two things I dearly love: books and New York City.
I could not live without books. If someone--the president, God, a bankruptcy attorney--told me I had to cut spending and could buy only one "luxury" item per week, it would be a book. I've always loved books, ever since my first library book (Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff) as a kid. Over the past few years, my book love has grown even more. I'm not sure why, other than the fact that it's wonderful to escape into someone else's mind once for a few hours.
And then there's The Strand bookstore in New York, where this photo was taken. It's one of their outdoor carts, propped up against a wall, filled with books no one seems to want. I'm sure they restock them regularly, since one man's discarded book is another man's treasured read. The Strand is one of those "bring a lunch" bookstores, where you'll want to explore and camp out for a day or so. (Actually, don't bring a lunch...there's no food or drink allowed. It's a figure of speech, dammit, calculated to give you a sense of how much this store has to offer.) The store also embodies my deep love for bookstores, a dying destination in this Internet-oriented world, unfortunately.
You'll see another banner made from this photo at some point in time during the coming months. It's just a photo that lends itself to the banner format multiple times.