Pictures From Last Night’s Armchair/Shotgun Panel at Greenlight

Last night I moderated this event at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn. I’ve always wanted to be a moderator!

Our fabulous panelists were Paul Morris, formerly of BOMB, now Director of Membership, Marketing, and Literary Awards at PEN American Center; The Atavist founding editor Evan Ratliff; fellow lit-agent Erin Harris of Irene Skolnick; Halimah Marcus, Managing Editor at Electric Literature; and Tess Knoebel, Founding Editor of Abe’s Penny.

Thanks to Armchair/Shotgun managing editor Laura MacMillan for snapping photos.

We packed the house!

I was terrified I'd drop my iPad. So I put rubber cement on my fingertips.

Evan Ratliff of The Atavist and lit agent Erin Harris.


For a play-by-play of the night’s festivities, check out this great coverage from Electric Literature.

No More “E-Book” Panels, Please

From the London Review of Books comes yet another panel on the future of reading. I’ve been to a few similar discussions, and wondered if the outcome of this one would be any different. The New York Times book blog sums up:

“So the panel was in accord: We can’t predict how people will read. We can only hope that authors keep giving in to the impulse to write, and that readers find their way to quality writing, no matter the tool or the medium.”

Can I recommend a moratorium on panels “about the internet” until we can come up with something better than “we don’t know what it is, but it’s big” ? Every talk I’ve been to about the future of reading, e-books, blogging, publishing, etc, has concluded with this same thesis. We can’t predict the future, but it’ll be very different. Can’t you say this at literally any point in history? Never has so little been communicated so much.