I’ve passed on basically every opportunity to attend a “virtual” event.

I listened in on Emily St. John Mandel’s talk. She told us her daughter would make an appearance, and she did, and it was a master class in handling an interruption. She introduced us to her, waited her out, and never apologized. That wouldn’t have been possible in an in-person event.


I helped organize a virtual event, though I stayed on the fringes, because my heart wasn’t in it. It’s a lot of work, that much I can appreciate.

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