At the University of Minnesota right now, sitting in the law library before I head to dinner with some students. Signing went really well, I think. Huge turnout at the lunchtime event -- I think it was the food. Potbelly Sandwich Works, which I've eaten once or twice in DC and wasn't bad. Looked like they got about 120-130 people there. Standing room only. I talked for about ten or twelve minutes, and then took questions. Gave away some pencils and stress balls. Signed some books just now in the library's new Legal Fiction wing. Everyone was really nice. This was the first time I had to do something where I had to talk about this stuff in a non Q&A setting for any length of time, so it was interesting to see what got a laugh and what felt boring as I was saying it and at which points I was more or less articulate and more or less comfortable and more or less interesting, and it'll help me be better if I have to do this again somewhere else. Plus hearing the questions people asked was useful as far as figuring out what I should have talked about in the first place. This is maybe just a precursor post to a post I'll write once I'm back home -- I may write out the stuff I talked about and the questions I remember, because maybe that's interesting.
Observations about the law school here... building looks like Northwestern's, on the inside. Very similar. It's cold outside. But it will be in NY soon enough I guess. Pretty big library. OK, these are pretty ordinary observations. Did you know the Cincinnati airport is actually in Kentucky? That was where my stopover was. One of the students here told me a story about how he ate a street vendor hot dog in NY before an interview and ended up having an accident in his pants, while wearing his suit, on his way to the firm. Good story.
More when I get home.
Update: A nice post from a University of Minnesota blogger about my visit here.