I’m still processing BEA after four days of panels, meetings, gladhanding, high-fiving, and whiskey-drinking, but I can say: 7x20x21 was a success! All because of our amazing presenters.
(What’s that you say? You couldn’t make it? You would like to see video? We’re working on it. Stay tuned.)
- Ben Greenman perfected the art of charts, then destroyed the art of charts, then perfected it again. A few examples.
- Rachel Rosenfelt talked about The New Inquiry, and how VIDA’s report on women in criticism is a lot less important than people think. Rachel’s TNI crew is an impressive bunch; I recommend Ryan Ruby’s recent piece on the suicide note as literature.
- Aaron Shapiro spoke on “Users Not Customers,” which was hard for me to pay attention to because I kept taking notes about how his presentation was blowing my mind. I will be reading his book ASAP. (Also, because he’s the CEO of HUGE, his slides looked amazing.)
- Misha Glouberman somehow fit four different presentations into his seven minutes. He even ran a speed round of Q&A. (Carolyn Kellogg summarized it nicely in the Los Angeles Times.)
- Rita Meade talked about the reality of being a librarian, which ended quite optimistically. Even if some of her younger patrons prefer robot librarians.
- Kevin Smokler was his usual brilliant self: he talked about rethinking books according to reader’s tastes and experimenting with length and… truth be told, I nodded a ton and wished that I could have taken more notes.
- And rounding out the presentation, Colson Whitehead debuted LitMod 100, clearly the silver bullet solution for writers. It was embarrassing when a bunch of venture capitalists stormed the stage, throwing money to fund his startup. TechCrunch said it’ll go IPO by August.