Monday, January 26, 2009

Arianna Huffington, Nora Ephron, Gwen Ifill ...

Over the past few days, we have attended two events at the 92nd Street Y. Now, if you clicked on the link, you'll notice that this is no ordinary Y. This place has amazing events all year long: guest speakers, for example, on any and every topic you can imagine.

Last week, we attended a panel discussion led by Arianna Huffington, who brought along several of her most popular bloggers, including Nora Ephron, Erica Jong, Craig (of craigslist) and others. It was an interesting discussion of current events, and Mary even asked a question of Arianna: what did she think of the future of traditional media? Her answer wasn't surprising, which was that traditional media will survive ... but only if they have a significant online presence. Overall, it was a fun evening, rather light in tone--Nora Ephron had a few zingers.

Last night, however, was really great: Gwen Ifill was interviewed by (her best friend!) Michelle Norris, of NPR. We have admired Gwen Ifill for a long time, and it was wonderful to see her in person and hear her perspectives on current events and the future of minority politicians, specifically those she wrote about in her new book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Anyway, she has a funny sense of humor and responded wonderfully to many questions--had some pithy, but non-critical, comments about the debate she moderated between Biden and Palin! You may recall she had a broken ankle at the time. Her favorite moment occurred before the debate, she said, when Sarah Palin's father came up to her and said, "I hear you've got a bum hoof!"

It's exciting to be in NYC and have access to events like this (tickets are relatively cheap, too). We intend to see more at the 92nd Street Y!

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