In the event, we talked about quite a few topics, on and off the handouts.
After I got home, I realized that in the talks I was telling many of the stories
summarized in this
(oddly enough) 6-page handout,
from a talk based on this paper,
"Style Stands Still". If you still want to see how those stories all fit together, try the paper,
which is an essay produced for a special issue on metaphor of an scademic literary journal (Style).
I should also point out especially some links relevant to various questions from people: