The Hugs of XOXO
(Photos in reverse chronological order.)
The festival closed with the Andys, in a very hot building, sharing a hug.
I was powerfully affected by Paul Ford’s talk, which closed the festival. This is partly because I wasn’t entirely sure who Paul Ford was prior to his talk, although I was peripherally aware that Ford was both good at Medium and good at Twitter.
But the big thing about Ford’s talk (and his writing) is that he’s emotionally open about things that most of us don’t admit often, much less in front of an audience of hundreds. I have a problematic relationship with food and my brain and death; Ford does too; I know many of us do. I am glad that he chose to talk about these things. Now just look at this hug:
The hug above is after the talk. The hug below is before. What I didn’t know at the time was that this there were other hugs involved. I mean, just look at these hugs. These are the best hugs.
Hank Green is a unicorn who can bend time with his mind. This will make slightly more sense once his talk video is posted, but in the meantime, I will admit that I told people as a kid that I wanted to be a “marine reef ecologist” because saying “oceanographer” was played out. (I think we both spent substantial childhood time in Florida, where such statements about future occupations were pretty typical.) Anyway, this hug:
Leigh Alexander is terrific at PowerPoint, despite suggesting otherwise. She also has a new book out, and you can get it in all the formats (even Word, which blows my mind in, I guess, a good way). This hug:
And here’s the part where I admit my secret shame — that I have not yet listened to Welcome to Night Vale, because I’m a monster—but I have the first five episodes queued up. Mr. Fink, I promise that I won’t ask you what anyone’s apron looks like. That is for each of us to keep to ourselves. Now here’s that hug:
Justin Hall was brilliant. Again, here’s somebody whose work permeates the fabric of the universe but was not directly in my consciousness until Sunday. He’s also a hell of a dapper dresser. And hugger:
Guess what? I spotted some hugs last year too! The exuberance of Xeni Jardin here is contagious:
And look at Cory Doctorow’s smooth hugging technique!
And Mark Frauenfelder’s cool hair, sweater, and hug:
Thank you for enjoying these hugs with me. XOXO -Chris Higgins