Can brands cry online? Are they allowed to be vulnerable? That’s what web visionary Jeff Pulver wants to know. After the success of his 140 Character’s Conference here at 92nd Street Y, Pulver is bringing the first @BrandsConf to 92Y on Thursday, December 2, 2010. As they explain on their website: “@BrandsConf is a new event taking place that will explore the ‘Humanization of Brands’ and the underlying effects this is having on business.”
With 50 speakers currently scheduled to present, the line-up is interesting. It includes Dan Lewis, Director of New Media Communications at Sesame Street, explaining why Sesame Street tweets and author Saul Colt (”Mayor of Twitter”) giving a presentation titled: Making Love to your Customers. Check out the full schedule of presentations here.
Sparksheet is currently giving away a few tickets to the event; the winners will be chosen by raffle on Wednesday, December 1.
Friends, if you ever get the chance to hang out with Salman Rushdie, say yes! Even if “hang out” really means “see him read at the 92nd St. Y from his new book Luka and the Fire of Life on Monday night thanks to Bailey over at paperback girl.
Given that Sir Salman is one of the greatest writers on the planet, he doesn’t have to be entertaining in person. He could totally just phone in some well-crafted platitudes. And I’d still clap on command because the work speaks for itself! He had a fatwa against him! But instead he is funny. And full of surprises. Like: he’s solved Super Mario Brothers! (Years ago, to bond with his oldest son.) He’s not into reincarnation. (“Once is enough!”) And he sees Kansas as an example of “natural selection in reverse.” (He was referring to this.)
This man saved Princess Toadstool.
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Salman Rushdie Says “Harry Potter” Series Needs Editing | NBC New York
“The long books started to have long passages that any editor would normally have the courage to cut,” Rushdie explained to NYU Journalism professor and novelist Suketu Mehta on stage.
For example, a tiresome section may start off with Harry saying “what should we do?” and then Ron piping in, “I don’t know, let’s ask Hermione,” after which Hermione exclaims “I don’t know” and turning back to Harry and continuing a conversation a bit too long.