TED 2008 -- author Amy Tan


7 Responses to “TED 2008 -- author Amy Tan”

  1. joeyjoseph says:

    Hasn’t J.J. Abrams already pulled the mystery in a box gimmick at TED?

  2. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    I went to the Miami Book Fair International a couple years ago. Dave Barry was performing with his band The Rock Bottom Remainders. Amy Tan was on the stage in a gold lame’ top, leopard-print stretch pants, and a ratty blonde wig singing “My Boyfriend’s Back”. It was quite awesome. Oh, as a side note, Scott Turow was also up on the stage: he’s got some pretty nice calves.

  3. mastercontroller says:


    It’s just like being at a convention….

    On my couch.

    Please liveblog the moderately priced dinner with colleagues, followed by playing with the hotel room teevee.

    Those are my favorite parts.

  4. bobkat says:

    The difference between JJ Abrams and Amy Tan is that Abrams will never show you what is in the box. In fact, he relishes not knowing what is in it himself.

    Whether that makes him more original or a better writer is up for debate.

  5. ninnyfriedcheez says:

    Mark, I am a writer and this post just made so many things click for me. Thanks for distilling the juicy nuggets!

  6. scarabic says:

    Having seen Amy Tan speak/read a few times I knew it would be the dog. I saw her read as part of a panel once. She sat with the other writers on a barstool at the rear of the stage while one by one the authors read to the audience. She had her toy dog in her purse the whole time and I swear she gave it sips from her longneck beer bottle.

  7. JG says:

    Amy is wonderful and great fun to hear live….

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