So, what’s a girl to do when it’s 38 degrees outside? Find someplace indoors that’s warm and inviting, with shelves full of great old paperback books and original pulp cover art hanging on the walls.  Like, for instance, the private, invitation-only Fulton Ryder art gallery and bookstore on Manhattan’s upper east side, owned by renowned artist Richard Prince.

Mr. P and his team made us all feel most welcome and gave us glimpses of some never-before-seen artwork, as well as items from his remarkable personal collection, such as a first edition of THE BIG SLEEP inscribed by Raymond Chandler in 1939. And if that wasn’t enough to make us salivate, there were pastries and warm beverages and, best of all, a chance to see each other again after far too many weeks of CTWS (that’s Co-ed Topless Withdrawal Syndrome, in case you’re wondering).

When and where will we meet next? Who knows? But we bet there are other suitable hidden spots in this great city of ours that would welcome a visit from OCTPFAS. If you know of any, suggestions are always welcome…