So the ironic thing about this conference being in New York is that today I have not even stepped foot out of the hotel. The Letterman Show is two blocks away; Rockefeller Center (ice skating and all) is around the corner ( I did see that yesterday); and the MOMA is visible from the lobby. Yet, here I sit. . .
And that’s because this conference is chock full of stuff to do including a book fair that takes up three big, big rooms as well as conferences.
So far the highlights for me have been hearing Sven Birkerts, Susan Cheever, Bob Shacochis and others talk about the importance of sometimes remaining silent about things – about the grace of silence as well as hearing Robert Bly and Mary Karr read poetry this afternoon.

If you ever get a chance to come to this massive conference, do it. Just be sure to bring your stamina.