Our popular panel series “Why This? Why That? Why Now?” returns for a third year. Each day will highlight a pair of current trends explored by cultural experts and this year’s moderator, Corn Mo, a New York City-based musician and entertainer. What is the appeal of games like Settlers of Catan? Why are board games getting popular in the age of video games? Why have zombies risen over vampires in the interest of the undead? Why do they keep coming back after it seems they've peaked? Why is froyo so popular? Why are denizen, frozen-yogurt establishments eclipsed? Why is YOLO a reason to leave a comfort zone? Why not write "You Only Live Once" in cursive? Why is fan fiction taking off? Who is the Richard Brautigan of fan fiction? Why does George RR Martin despise it? Why YA? Because of the way it sounds.
Featuring: Karen Finneyfrock (Author of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door) and Sharon Cumberland, Ph.D. (Ph.D. Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University)