Freelance NYC publicist makes a splash in the lit scene, throws epic parties.
When you first moved to New York, how did you meet people and make your connections?
Well, when I first graduated, I moved back to Maryland and I moved back with my dad in the suburbs. I had no friends. I would drink a bottle of wine and talk to my dog.
That’s too funny.
One night I was watching Bridget Jones’s Diary, and I was like, “This woman is such an idiot. If she can have friends, I can have friends.” And she has this horrible dinner party that she just botches. And I was just like, “I’m going to have a party and it’s going to be the best party.”
So I made a list of everyone I wanted to be friends with — most of whom I had never even met. I hired my sister and her friends to serve drinks and food. And I spent an entire week’s wages on Calla lilies flown in from South America. It was amazing. And after that I had a million friends and I got invited everywhere.
Lauren Cerand, First-Class Publicist
Got some time to kill this weekend? Check out ThoughtCast, “an online watering hole for ideas.” Their impressive back catalog includes this talk with Allan Ryan, director of intellectual property at Harvard Business School Publishing, but you can check out videos on topics from Gertrude Stein to Web 2.0.
Reading a book no longer stops at the last page, thanks to a new way to envision the Storyverse.
Which leads me to my next question — why is Small Demons better than just Googling something?
Ease of use, context, and connections…We have hard boundaries at Small Demons — the universe of the site starts and ends with stories — for a very particular reason. Any path you follow starting from any topic on the site will lead you ultimately to a story, a book… So while Google and Wikipedia may satisfy an immediate “tell me what this is” impulse, what we’re far more interested in is “show me the story where I saw this and everything else it relates to.” Along the way we also provide information about “what this is,” most usually drawn from Wikipedia and Freebase. But the connections are what’s unique to us (…).
Vall Vakili, Storyverser
Tailor’s son from Honduras becomes successful menswear designer in NYC.
And where did your latest collection come from?
My inspiration was the novel “Love in the Time of Cholera,” by Gabriel García Márquez. The story is about this guy who waited fifteen years to tell this woman that he loves her, and I found that so classic and so romantic. I wanted to create pieces that were classic and wearable and at the same time kind of romantic (…).
Carlos Campos, Fashion’s Rising Star
We can’t wait to see this in the wild! Sips Card is creating business cards with QR codes that will be distributed to coffee shops. The QR codes will link you up with free written works you can peruse while you drink your coffee. Seems like a great way to connect people with new authors.
The website is decidedly in progress right now, but we hope to see more soon.
London-based enterprise will teach you how to achieve balance in your life.
Both bibliotherapy and pyschotherapy are available through The School of Life. Can you introduce both of those concepts to us and explain their purpose for participants at The School of Life?
Bibliotherapy is something that is unique to The School of Life. It is a service that we offer where we essentially prescribe reading. You come to The School of Life and meet for a cup of tea with one of our bibliotherapists. They have an engaged and focused conversation with you around your reading habits, your preferences, your ambitions, the kind of stuff that’s going on with you at the moment. They put together prescriptions that are appropriate for you…The response has been really amazing — kind of overwhelming, actually (…).
Morgwn Rimel, Professor of Life
Appssavvy revolutionizes online advertising by making it a complementary aspect of your digital experience.
How will the adtivity platform help expand the reach and impact of advertising?
The publishers that we are working with (more than 125 to this day) need to generate revenue through alternative models, not via traditional ads, which are often found to be disruptive to the user experience. We provide these publishers with the ability to create a better ad delivery mechanism that creates value (…).
Chris Cunningham, Modern Mad Man