7 Things I Learned Embedding With Total Strangers

During a lonely year, I entangled myself with horse racing gamblers, renegade aquarium attendants, wizened hostel dwellers, and hundreds of friendly randos.

Credit: Jason Schwartzman; past midnight in Oklahoma City

Strangers are salves for loneliness

Misunderstandings *can be* full of poetry

Encounters offer more than just connection

People aren’t who you think

Identity is highly contextual

It’s rewarding to skip small talk

We’re all strangers but —

Debut book NO ONE YOU KNOW forthcoming May 2021 from Outpost19 | Founding Editor, True.Ink | Twitter: @jdschwartzman | Website: jdschwartzman.com

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