Past Events

February 24, 2009

Mashable NextUp NYC

92Y Tribeca
time: 11:00 pm

I’ll be giving the closing keynote speech at the Mashable NextUp NYC event. The topic is nominally “the state of the New York blogosphere,” but I’ve been granted a dispensation to interpret that pretty broadly. I’ll likely post my notes here after the event.

May 30, 2007

Jeffrey Leonard Invitational

Sports trivia
time: 12:00 am

I get to co-host the Jeffrey Leonard Invitational, New York’s finest bi-weekly sports trivia contest, tonight. 8 PM, King’s Head Tavern (near Union Square). Expect questions about David Beckham’s “sexy texting” and Joe Namath’s regrettable pantyhose ad.

April 07, 2007

Environmentalism Now

Strand Bookstore
time: 11:00 pm

I’ll be hosting another in my series of panels for the Strand bookstore on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 PM. This one’s about the state of environmentalism and how young people are doing things differently. As usual, it’s free and open to the public. Here’s the official announcement:

Green Apple Talk #3: Environmentalism Now explores how far the movement has come since the first Earth Day nearly forty years ago. What will the next wave of green culture look like, and how can the individual decisions consumers make have a global impact? Featuring Ramon Cruz, a policy analyst for Environmental Defense, Emily Gertz, environmental journalist and co-author of WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, Aaron Naparstek, of Transportation Alternatives and and author of Honku: The Zen Antidote to Road Rage, and Anne-Marie Van Dijk (DNA Models), who supports the work of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Orca Network and Natural Resources Defense Council when she’s not walking the runway for Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Aquascutum, Libertine and others.

December 12, 2006

Green Apple Talk #2

Strand Bookstore

I’ll be hosting a panel this coming Tuesday (the 12th) at The Strand bookstore in downtown NYC. The subject is urban environmentalism, from urban planning to infrastructure to product design, and everything in between. The panelists are authors Alex Marshall and Buzz Poole, and urban planner/blogger Shin-pei Tsay. Free and open to the public, as always.

November 09, 2006

Two Panels

I’ll be moderating a panel at the Strand bookstore in downtown New York next Tuesday the 14th about the politics of food and the environmental and social impact of the things we eat. Panelists will include Sam Fromartz, author of Organic, Inc., Tim Fitzgerald of Environmental Defense, and Makale Faber of Slow Food USA. 7:00, free.

I’ll also in Sacramento, California on November 15 for a panel hosted by the Commonwealth Club, discussing what television can do to help reinvigorate politics. I’m told the program (which is free to attend) will be podcasted shortly afterward, and that CSPAN will be taping for later broadcast. And continuing on the food theme, you can get a free lunch if you make a (free) reservation!

Update: Audio of the Commonwealth Club is available (big MP3 file).

June 28, 2006

Green by Design

92nd St. Y/Makor

Tomorrow night, June 28, I’ll be hosting a panel at the 92nd St. Y/Makor called “Green by Design,” about next-wave enrivonmentalism. The panelists are Dominic Muren, a contributor to, Robert Freney, author of Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things (a friend’s review: “It changed my life!"), and Yael Alkalay, the founder and CEO of red flower.

April 19, 2006

Speaking at Cornell

Cornell University

For those of you in lovely and scenic upstate New York, I’ll be giving a speech at Cornell University this coming Thursday titled “MySpace, Blogs and the MSM: The Future of Media, and How You Can Break Into It.” ‘Cause kids love the MySpace! (More info.)

Sadly, I see I’ll just miss former Spinsanity punching bag and New York Times fan Ann Coulter, who’s speaking at Cornell (her alma mater) on Monday the 24th. On the plus side, I imagine Cornellians will be saving their oranges to throw at Coulter, rather than at me.

Update: The Cornell Daily Sun has a nice writeup of the speech, which made the front page on Friday.

April 05, 2006

“Brian Lehrer Live”


I’ll be appearing on “Brian Lehrer Live” tonight at 7:30 on the CUNY TV network (which is picked up by most New York cable providers; it’s channel 75 on Time Warner.)

Update: You can watch the program’s on CUNY’s web site.

March 22, 2006

A Manuscript and a Magic 8-Ball


I’ll be hosting a panel next Wednesday, March 29, at the 92nd St Y/Makor, titled “A Manuscript and a Magic 8-Ball: Secrets to Success in Publishing Today.” The panelists are Jonathan Karp, publisher and editor-in-chief of Warner Twelve; Johnny Temple, rock star and publisher of Akashic Books; and Sarah Weinman of GalleyCat and Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.

Topics will probably include everything from how authors can distinguish themselves, to publishers’ approaches to marketing (there’s a New York Times article published today about paperback originals), how reading habits are changing in the age of the Internet, the relevance of book reviews, and anything else that pops into my head.

February 21, 2006

NY Press Club Panel

New York Press Club, NYC

I’ll be filling in tonight as a panelist at the New York Press Club for a discussion of the direction technology is taking journalism, along with Jonathan Landman of the New York Times, Michael Everett Lane of and Rachel Sklar, formerly of FishbowlNY. $15 bucks, if you’re sitting around Midtown with a hankering to hear some journo-pontificating.

December 05, 2005

The Art of Online Criticism

92nd St. Y/Makor

For those of you in New York who might be interested, I’ll be moderating one of my ongoing series of panels this Tuesday night featuring Maud Newton, Sasha Frere-Jones and Terry Teachout, on “The Art of Online Criticism”—how the Web is changing the nature of literary, music and arts criticism. 7 PM, at Makor, the Upper West Side branch of the 92nd St. Y (More info and tickets on their site.)

July 25, 2005

Shameless Self-Promotion

92nd St. Y/Makor

I’ll be moderating a panel tomorrow night (July 26th) at the 92nd St. Y/Makor about the resurgence of online media, featuring Bill Greuskin of the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Spiers of, and Anthony Perry of BlogAds. Come hear me try to figure out if there’s any real money to be made in this online media thing yet. (Addendum: picks up the listing. Apparently, the kids over there missed the memo that one of their bosses, Lockhart Steele, was orginally scheduled to be a panelist. Ah, well. It’s all fun and games until you publicly call your boss an idiot.)

Speaking of media, there’s a very interesting interview with my long-suffering girlfriend Lauren Cerand over at the Emerging Writers Network about book publicity. Very enlightening stuff for anyone pondering how to promote their book. (Lauren was instrumental in promoting All the President’s Spin, co-authored by yours truly).

March 09, 2005

Monday night political football


I’ll be appearing as a guest on “Dennis Miller” on CNBC this coming Monday, the 14th. It airs at 9:00 PM Eastern/6:00 Pacific, and repeats at midnight Eastern/9:00 PM Pacific.

February 25, 2005

Set your TiVos to “torture”!


The panel I was on a few weeks ago discussing the torture scandal is going to be broadcast on C-SPAN 2’s “Book TV” this weekend. It airs at 9 PM eastern on Saturday, and repeats at 9:15 AM eastern on Sunday (because who really wants to watch those silly Sunday morning talk shows, anyway?).

January 12, 2005

How to really get the news

92nd St. Y/Makor

Next Wednesday, I’ll be moderating a panel at the 92nd St. Y/Makor here in New York. I get to grill Chris Regan of “The Daily Show” (not the Chris Regan of JunkYardBlog, New York magazine notwithstanding), Jon Friedman of (not the comedian Jon Friedman, New York again notwithstanding) and Jesse Oxfeld of Editor & Publisher (not MediaBistro—strike three, New York), on “How to Really Get the News.” Evidently one of the answers is, “don’t trust peoples’ affiliations as published in New York‘s listings.”

At least New York got the date and time right—7:30 p.m. on the 19th.

November 03, 2004

The aftermath

ABC News Now

I’ll have plenty to say about the election once I figure out what happened (hint: I think it probably involved spin). If you want to see me make my first attempt to sort it out, I’ll be on ABC News Now (it’s on digital cable; check out channel listings for how to watch) tomorrow at 8 a.m.

October 14, 2004

APME Conference

Associated Press Managing Editors Conference

I sat on a panel yesterday at the Associated Press Managing Editors Conference with Brooks Jackson of, Liz Sidoti of the AP, and a couple of newspaper readers. The upshot: Newspapers aren’t doing a very good job of keeping the candidates honest (not that you probably didn’t already think that). The AP itself wrote the panel up. My sound bite:

Keefer contended news organizations didn’t devote resources to hold the presidential candidates accountable until after Labor Day. Unfortunately, most voters already had made up their minds about whom they would support by then, he said.

“Now that the press is actually doing a relatively good job fact-checking the candidates, it may be too late,” he said.

August 26, 2004



For those of you with Time Warner cable service in New York (sadly, I am not among you), I’ll be appearing on New York One’s “Inside City Hall” tonight at about 7:30 to discuss media coverage of the runup to the Republican convention (or whatever the host decides to throw at me - hopefully no jokes about monkeys). You can also listen to the audio live via the magic of the webnet.

August 25, 2004

CNNfn/Air America

I’m scheduled to do two interviews tomorrow (the 25th): The first, on CNNfn, at 11:20 AM, discussing the media’s coverage of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and the second, at 9:15 PM, on “The Majority Report” on Air America radio with Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder.

August 23, 2004

On the Media


I was on NPR’s “On the Media” this weekend - due to technical difficulties (ie, a major hard drive failure) I wasn’t able to blog it in advance. Fortunately, the good people at WNYC have posted the interview online for your listening pleasure (RealAudio). And a transcript should be available on Tuesday.

Update: Audio of the program is available.

August 13, 2004


CSPAN, 92nd St. Y/Makor

The panel I moderated last Tuesday is airing tonight on CSPAN at 8:40 PM and 11:40 PM Eastern, and, for those of you who get up way earlier than I do, again at 5:30 AM.  It’s less exciting than the Daily Show, but nonethless features soundbites about the future of blogs and politics, me facing off against Jeff Jarvis in a steel cage death match over why there are so few female political bloggers, and an audience question about robot blogs.

August 10, 2004

Me On The Daily Show

Comedy Central

I’ll be on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central this Thursday, August 12, plugging my new book. It airs that night at 11 PM Eastern (10 Central), and is repeated again Friday morning at 10 AM and again at 7 PM. For all those wondering what I look like in person (or at least under the hot glare of studio lights with lots of makeup on), here’s your chance!

June 28, 2004

News, and Upcoming Events and Appearances

CNBC, various

JULY: I will be a scheduled guest on CNBC‘s Dennis Miller show on Thursday, July 15 (taping).  I think that it broadcasts the same day, but I’ll post here when I know for sure.

AUGUST: I will be moderating a panel with Jeff Jarvis, Geraldine Sealey, and Daniel Radosh, to discuss “Blogs: The Future of Politics?” at 92nd Street Y/Makor in New York.  Tickets are available now.

TODAY: For more information about (or to pre-order) the new book I’ve written with my fellow editors, All The President’s Spin: George W. Bush, The Media, and The Truth, visit

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