May 26, 2011 @ 4:00:00 am
BEA Diary, Part 2. Highlights: Flavor Flav arrives at the Javits Center, wearing a crown. Lisa Pearson, the mastermind behind Siglio Press, gives Bookforum editors two of her Georges Perec-inspired paper airplanes, and reading the detailed Publishers Weekly coverage of the Expo, which seems to be produced instantly and almost makes being at the conference seem unnecessary. Lowlight: Making eye contact with a Scientologist dressed in pirate’s garb.
So much time, energy, and money is spent traveling to and attending conferences like BEA, and yet the experience often leaves participants feeling overwhelmed, dissatisfied, and bored. Why do these gatherings miss the mark? How can organizers create a better format for like-minded people to network and share ideas? These questions were at the heart of author and professional
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