I don't know how many times I've been on Joe's podcast, but it's always a blast. Duncan couldn't make it for this one, but Joe and I had a good conversation. Then he was in Portland a few days later, so we got to continue the hang.
We were invited to spend a week on Star Island, NH by a Universalist Unitarian group. I was the theme speaker every morning, charged with giving folks something to think and talk about during their week on the island. Cassie and I had a blast and met some truly wonderful people.
As chaotic and wonderful as you'd expect from Mexico, this gave Cassie and I a chance to spend some time with scientists we admire, but don't necessarily agree with on everything: Helen Fisher, David Buss, Richard Dawkins, Deepak Chopra, Robert Sapolsky. Had a great time.
It was an honor to be invited to give a presentation at TED this year. Since Sex at Dawn came out, people have been saying, "You should give a TED talk," as if you just call them up and drop in! The truth is, it's a tough gig to get, and not at all easy to boil down a 300-page argument to 12 minutes. I'll post the video here when it's available, but for now, here's a summary of my presentation.
One of my favorite TV shows to appear on is The Point, on The Young Turks network. I've been a panelist several times and even guest-hosted a few episodes. In this one, the producers let me put together my own show, choosing my guests and the subject matter. Unsurprisingly, I ended up talking about sex and drugs with three very smart, very sexy women: Nina Hartley, Sex Nerd Sandra, and Cara Santa Maria.
One of the coolest things about having written Sex at Dawn is that I now get invited to some great parties. Sometimes, they even pay me to say the same stuff I've been saying (for free) at parties for years!
Part of a speaking tour completely organized by readers from each city who spontaneously organized each event, the Bagdad was a real highlight for me. I'm still trying to get used to the idea that hundreds of people would pay $20 each to hear an unknown author talk about the prehistory of human sexuality...
This was an event organized by Andrew Sullivan, Polly Superstar, and Fuzzy Philippe, and man, did they do a job! It was the first (but not last) time I'd ever given my PowerPoint presentation to a room of half-naked people. Afterwards, the place erupted into an all-night dance party. Top that, Malcolm Gladwell!
I spoke to a sold-out crowd in the Sydney Opera House—a place I never thought I'd see, much less from the stage! After the talk, I did a Q&A with Robin Williams (the other one), which was a lot of fun.
Idea City is Canada's answer to TED. Cacilda and I had a great time, met some wonderful people (including Juliette Binoche!).