Selected audio and video clips:

‘I is an Other’ live

Check out my talk on metaphor, Metaphorically Speaking, from the 2009 TEDGlobal event.


Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series Feb. 11, 2010

University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, MI


Sun Valley Writer's Conference
August 24, 2008
Sun Valley, Idaho

Proceedings of the First Meeting of the World Aphorism Organization
March 14, 2008
Goodenough College, London, under the sponsorship of the University of London’s Institute of Philosophy

Waterstone’s Bookshop, Gower Street, London
March 13, 2008
Excerpts from a juggling aphorist...


The Foreign Policy Association
Oct. 10, 2007
The Lester S. Morse, Jr. Lecture: Aphorisms and Diplomacy

LIVE from the NYPL
Oct. 9, 2007
Juggling Aphorisms (edited)


The Falmouth Festival of Literature & Arts
Oct. 7, 2006
How Benjamin Franklin begat Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce...

The Ilkley Literature Festival
Oct. 1, 2006
Hear about aphorists Stanislaw Jerzy Lec and Nicolas Chamfort

Ways With Words Festival, Dartington Hall
July 8, 2006
Listen to some of the tricky questions from the audience and my attempted answers

Swindon Festival of Literature
May 2, 2006
See the Five Laws of the Aphorism explained — while juggling!


The Institute of Contemporary Arts
Feb. 26, 2002
A panel discussion focused on some of the themes addressed in my earlier book The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses.

Swindon Festival of Literature

May 2, 2006

The author juggles

This is an excerpt from a performance at the Swindon Festival of Literature, in which the the Five Laws of the Aphorism are explained — while juggling.

The relationship between juggling and aphorisms is also helpfully elucidated. The author wishes it to be known that no audience members were harmed in the filming of this segment. Also available for weddings, barmitzvahs and children’s birthday parties.

Thanks to the irrepressible Matt Holland, presiding genius of the Swindon Festival of Literature and proprietor of Lower Shaw Farm; both places guarantee good times for all. Thanks also to Manuela Wipperfurth for filming the show.

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