Here are a few of the takeaways I got out of this year's BEA (Book Expo America):
★ Carry three full flasks with you into all meeting rooms -- you never know when an emergency will arise.
★ How a book works in the imagination is far more important than how it feels in the hand.
★ You haven't had a good time dancing unless you've wet your pants.
★ Bookselling today: the wisdom of age, the energy and fearlessness of youth.
★ Ignore prophets, heed practitioners.
★ If you lose your voice, don't worry -- most people aren't listening anyway.
★ Avoid foreign journalists.
★ Only talk technology with a stranger after they've told you what books they love. By name.
★ Savor the moment, it will not keep.
★ If publishers don't stand for something, why are they in the business?
★ Paper is a glorious substance. Plastic is not.
★ Don't criticize others if you can't empathize with them first.
★ This abundance of good books won't overwhelm us if the curators do their job.
★ Jonah lived inside a whale, not the other way around.
★ Everyone is beautiful but Tyra Banks is more beautiful still.
★ Publishers can't manufacture genuine buzz but they can exploit it.
★ Go app yourself.
★ If you love books you're my ally even if we disagree.
★ The savants opining about the future of the book -- remember that their balls are brass, not crystal.
★ It's all about sex. Isn't everything?
★ Information wants to be free but people need to get paid.
★ Don't ask me how my show is going if I'm standing here talking to you.