The New York Public Library
“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”
Wise words, Walter Kirn. And I would add to that, when you get to New York, go straight to the New York Public Library. Seriously. It’s amazing and heavenly and if I could live in one library for the rest of my days, this would be the one.