The talk was good, but we were late and honestly I can't even pretend that I understood half of it. But I loved what she had to say about the brain and she brought up some things I remember from taking neuroscience in college about how the brain processes music and sytax in similar areas. One day I might be brave enough to try the book she's just written on the subject.
Before I went to the Festival I had a long email conversation with David, who knows much more about these things than I do, and he was iffy on getting books personalized. He recommends asking the author to sign and date, rather than personalize. So of course, I made sure to get every single book personalized. I wouldn't be a good little sister otherwise, right? Also, I have to say that as exciting as it is to find out that I own books that are worth something (FIRST AMERICAN EDITION BELL JAR????), I don't typically collect based on value. If you do, you should email David and ask him about it because, like I said, he is much much more experienced and knowledgable than I am, being a famous poet and a doctoral student and a literary professor and all that. And he loves it when I give random strangers his email address.