The Kind of People Who Write in Coffee Shops

More about staking out working territory in cafés: Malcom Gladwell takes a light-hearted look at the ambiguity of writing in coffee shops and looks at a few cafés around the world he’s written in over at the Wall Street Journal.

“The problem with writing in coffee shops is that everyone hates the kind of people who write in coffee shops—especially the kind of people who write in coffee shops.”

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Over at The New York Times, a review of a slightly sideways take on literary cafés by nemaworkshop called D’Espresso. Am I wrong to suspect that the coffee won’t be that great? I hope I am—I’ll check it out soon and let you know. Even if the coffee stinks, the design looks worth a macchiato, though it doesn’t strike me as a great place to try to get work done, or even read.

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And lastly, Brooklyn Based reviews some local cafés, with an eye toward workability (but points for good coffee—who can work with sludge burning a hole through their stomach?). I don’t agree 100% with all their ratings, but they’ve reminded me about a couple of places I need to check out.

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Alas, no, I am not writing this at a café. My laptop battery has died and funds are a bit scarce at the moment, so I’m sticking to the old home base for the now (which isn’t so bad—there’s excellent coffee and entertainingly frisky cats gamboling about). I have spent plenty of time as a coffee shop writer, though—I wrote most of my architecture thesis in cafés, and most of the early catasterist posts, too. And maybe some time I’ll even get to design a café—wouldn’t that be fun?

 

 

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