“It’s a distraction from all that’s going on … This is a way to come together, in a different way—teaching instead of just talking.”
“At first, I was indiscriminately adding other Paul O’Sullivans on Facebook. It was like a joke. Then I realized, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we’re all musicians.’”
“I’ll complain to her about how I couldn’t find a parking spot at the Nordstrom sale, while she’s complaining to me about how her goats have hoof rot.”
The Jolenes and Daeneryses of the world have some baggage to contend with.
“I was always in a fishbowl. I felt like I was not just Alex, but Alex the RA.”
“Maybe there should’ve been some animosity, but we’re both naturally not drawn to unnecessary conflict.”
Our reporters reflect on the words and ideas that resonated with them in 2019.
“People were in the right place at the right time. That’s its own small Christmas miracle, I guess.”
And babies, and stuffed animals …
“Looking around our culture, I think a lot of people are starting to experience the limits of individualism.”
“Technology nowadays allows people to have music that’s personalized to them … but it also allows people to collaborate in ways that we weren’t able to before.”
“It allows me to do my science better when I feel like I have a community.”
Sadly, this is not a hypothetical question.
“People become frightened at the end of life. Sometimes I see them moving away from friends as they get sicker.”
“It can be hard to be really close to someone who’s trying to do the same thing that you do.”
“To know that there were people in my school doing things that I had dreamed about doing was really crazy to me.”
Everyone leaves feedback and reviews for one another, leading to a sprawling, communal learning environment.
“We were strong for each other. I don’t think I could have been as clever or as grounded had it been just me by myself.”
“These idols I’ve had, they were just like real human beings, not some distant star that wouldn’t even talk to you.”
“Spaceflight makes you try to be a little bit more understanding, a little bit nicer, and try to see other points of view. Because all of humanity is right down there and you’re looking at it.”