My life in a minute – from New York

Statue of Liberty NY FEATUREThere just aren’t enough hours in the day to appreciate everything that New York has to offer. I’m here doing research for the book I’m writing and it’s been fantastic to soak up the creative vibe, pore over materials at the New York Public Library (yes I now have my very own library card) and get inspiration from the city that never sleeps.

Loving: Seminar. This Broadway play is by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck and stars Alan Rickman (best known as Snape in Harry Potter) and Jerry O’Connell (Jerry Maguire). It’s about four aspiring young novelists who sign up to workshop their writing with an acclaimed writing mentor Leonard (Alan Rickman). Leonard is brutal in his feedback and unorthodox in the way he brings out the best in his students. I loved every minute of this play and left completely inspired with new ideas for the Sydney Writers’ Centre!

Valerie Khoo Seminar NY

Watching: Cuba Gooding Jnr filming on the High Line near the Meatpacking District. Daniel Radcliffe filming on Smith Street in Brooklyn. And the crew packing up after filming the television show Person of Interest just near the bridge in Williamsburg.

Cuba Gooding Jr NY

Dining: At Red Rooster. Let me assure you. This is nothing like the fast food chain Red Rooster that we are used to in Australia. Chef Marcus Samuelsson has Ethiopian roots and was raised in Sweden. Now a resident of Harlem, he’s created an eclectic restaurant where the atmosphere is lively, the decor stylish and the food oh so yummy.

Red Rooster NY

Reading: Boomerang by Michael Lewis. From the author behind Liar’s Poker and Moneyball, Michael Lewis’s latest book takes a look at the “new third world”. He investigates the fall of the Icelandic banking system, the collapse of the Greek economy and the reasons behind the economic state of the world today. I simply cannot put the book down. Michael takes complex and often dry subjects and manages to create a compelling narrative that is entertaining, informative and hilarious. I love it.

Boomerang NY

Interviewing: Some fascinating people for the book I’m writing. Every day has been pretty packed with appointments and research. Although I am indulging in checking out the musical “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark” tonight. Yes, you read that correctly. A musical. About Spiderman.

Buying: I’m a sucker for an informercial. Even when I haven’t seen them on TV. Somehow that “As seen on TV” sticker convinces me that the product must be good. No matter how inane it is. I must have been in some kind of informercial trance to end up with this … window mounted cat bed. Yes, folks, it’s true. Some people go to New York and buy designer clothes, others stock up on Jimmy Choo shoes. And yet others will ensure they experience the obligatory trip to Tiffany’s to buy a small memento. What do I do? I head to Bed, Bath and Beyond to buy a cat hammock which I will probably never use.

Window mounted cat bed NY

Amazed at: how much Americans obviously love bacon. Check these out.


Bacon 2





About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • Des Walsh

    Great post, Valerie. I could feel that amazing New York vibe as I read.

    • Anonymous

      Des, now all you need to do is head over yourself to experience the real thing :)

  • Anthony Vandewerdt

    OMG…. Bacon Beans….

    • Anonymous

      I know! Whodathunkit?

  • Elizabeth Ball

    apparently the website Bacon Freaks is making LOADS of money!