Talks / Performances

TEDGlobal 2009

Oxford, UK
July, 2009


Metaphorically Speaking

Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor.

Ram Readers

Cambridge, MA
January 30, 2016


Where Words, Wit and Juggling Meet

Suffolk University student Amanda Zarni's review of my Grolier Bookshop gig

SBS Seoul Digital Forum

Seoul, South Korea
May 20, 2016


Journalism and the Ancient Korean Poetic Form Sijo


The Evolution of Digital Storytelling in Journalism

Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series

University of Michigan School of Art and Design
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 11, 2010


Juggling Aphorisms

As part of my 'Juggling Aphorisms and Mixing Metaphors' show, I invite audience members to name a theme, in response to which I must immediately come up with an aphorism. If I fail, he / she gets a free copy of my book. During this exchange at the University of Michigan, the challenge began with 'monkeys' and quickly escalated to 'Zimbabwe', 'birth control' and 'lust'...

The Sun Valley Writers' Conference

Sun Valley, Idaho
August, 2008


Why I love aphorisms, and how they can change your life


Me, aphorisms and my 'Henry David Thoreau moment'


How I discovered that my late father also collected aphorisms

The Ilkley Literature Festival

Ilkley, UK
October 1, 2006


The aphorisms of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, plus some of my aphorisms and a brief history of my foray into fortune cookies.


For an example of how I deployed my fortune cookies at poetry readings, see my 1987 appearance at Larry Blake's.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts

Feb. 26, 2002


The Body Electric

A panel discussion focused on some of the themes addressed in my earlier book The Body Electric: An Anatomy of the New Bionic Senses, with artificial life researcher Steve Grand and artist Brian Eno.