Visit the New 92Y Blog

92Y Blog
Thursday, January 22, 2009
92Y Video: The Huffington Post in Residence: The Year Ahead

Jed Lipinski of the Village Voice reports from last night’s panel with Arianna Huffington and Huffington Post bloggers:

The all-star panel included Erica Jong, Nora Ephron, Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist), Trey Ellis (a novelist and screenwriter), and Paul Rieckhoff (executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America). Huffington moderated, radiating elegance and financial success.

The house was packed, and the crowd giddy with anticipation. Introducing her group, Huffington called Newmark “The man who single-handedly destroyed American newspapers,” and plugged Jong’s newest book of poems, Love Comes First. Some predictions on the end of partisanship followed. Huffington claimed that left and right wing terminology “will soon be obsolete.” The massive Rieckhoff, providing the military standpoint, said, “Among the troops in Iraq, there were no Democrats or Republicans. Everybody worked together.” He’d been one of the Purple ticket holders locked out of the inauguration, but thought the lack of rioting or arrests augured well for peace in 2009.

Trey Ellis, who confessed, “It’s a great time to be a skinny middle-aged black man,” foresaw the rise of young black nerds. Thanks to Obama, he said, they will no longer feel ashamed for being smart. Newmark concurred. “I’m speaking as someone who literally wore a pocket protector as a kid,” he said. He gave Trey the Vulcan salute.

But the real point of the event, as quickly became clear, was to witness HuffPo bloggers make culturally relevant bon mots about news items in a live setting. Of Rod Blagojevich, Nora Ephron said, “It was so exciting, in the middle of the Bernie Madoff thing, to have someone bad come along with the syllable ‘goy’ in his name.” The crowd erupted.

Read more and watch the video recap above to get a taste of the action. Additional coverage can be found on the Art Fag City blog.

The next Huffington Post event at the Y is on Feb 5 with editor Roy Sekoff, senior news editor Katharine Zaleski, senior blog editor Colin Sterling and columnist Jason Linkins.

Posted in Humanities at 7:10pm | Email this item to a friend. Email This to a Friend | | Back to Main

Email this item to a friend. Email this item to a friend.
The email address(es) that you supply to use this service will only be used to send the requested item.

Highlights from the
92nd Street Y and 92YTribeca universe.
About 92nd Street Y
About 92YTribeca
Contact Us
Support Us

Sort By:
92nd Street Y Topics:
92nd Street Y News
The Arts
Jewish Life
Culture Klatsch
Tell Me Why
92YTribeca Topics:
Jewish Programs
Family Programs
Tribeca Podcasts
Search 92Y Blog

Advanced Search
<   November 2015   >
s m t w t f s
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30

February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
Recent Entries
Welcome to Podium! Issue Ten
From the Poetry Center Archive: Clare Cavanagh on Wisława Szymborska
Harkness Dance Festival Brings Exciting News
4 Tips To Getting The Most Out Of Your Tea
Are You Coming To The School Of Music Open House?
RSS Feed
Mobile Version

UJA Federation of New York

Contact Us | Privacy Statement | Policies | Site Map | Help | Press Resources
© 2008 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association
All Rights Reserved. Click here for directions
Web Accessibility and the 92nd Street Y