Strand speed dating for book lovers the dating game 1967
As we milled prior to the speed-dating kick-off, I asked if anyone had been on a conventional speed-dating night. It was that extra-literary twist which for them, as for me, had proved an irresistible combination.
I find it very stimulating." Work ethic runs in the family.
One man gave an impassioned reading from JL Carr's wistful novella A Month in the Country, and another, championing Tom Wolfe's seminal novel about greed and consumerism, The Bonfire of the Vanities, carried his copy on his i Phone – an irony I found quietly amusing.
The atmosphere was relaxed, the company congenial and the conversation pleasant – but did I, oh did I, find love? I sincerely hope that more small independent bookshops, libraries and literary societies follow LSE's lead and start to hold literary speed-dating events.
The conceit is that, rather than talk about yourself, you talk about a book you have brought along.
It's run of the mill speed-dating made intellectual – more Granta than Hello! The idea has already taken off across America and Canada, with speed-dating events held at such cultish venues as the Rare Book Room in New York's famous Strand bookstore (which holds an immensely popular literary speed-date every Valentine's Day).