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When we talk about The WELL, we are usually talking about the conferences. The conferences are where the magic happens: where posts develop into conversations, and members become a community.

For more about why conversation is so treasured on The WELL, and why members of the community banded together to buy the site in 2012, check out the story of The WELL.

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Unlike most conversations on The WELL, you don’t need a WELL member account to participate – this one is open to all!


Bix Archer: Small Town at the Edge of Cyberspace

Starting April 4, 2022

San Francisco artist Bix Archer discusses her work, focusing on her recent exhibit “A Small Town at the Edge of Cyberspace“, which explores the metaphors early internet users in the Bay Area deployed to describe their experiences of the web. “When the internet as we know it was first taking shape, the hippies and hackers who logged on needed language to describe this new entity they were navigating. It was a wilderness, a vehicle, a bulletin board, a community, a cafe, a letter on the kitchen table. It was their real world, the world of the Bay Area, but also not. The Bay seeped into the space. And this internet spilled out from behind the screen and worked its way back into the landscape and the people.

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Starting March 17, 2022

Peter Richardson discusses his book Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzoa study of Hunter Thompson’s literary formation and achievement. “Richardson successfully captures Thompson’s lasting impact, positing him as the intellectual face of Rolling Stone and a thinker who anticipated Donald Trump’s politics.” – Publisher’s Weekly

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Well Members Say:

I am a political junkie, and the heat-to-light ratio in the Politics conference is very favorable — there’s a lot of substantial discussion without a lot of name-calling. The Sports conference features the day-to-day discussion of all kinds of sporting events, but the best things about the conference are the annual football and March Madness pools. Finally, the Legal conference is where I go to share war stories and get advice and dark humor from the grizzled old war horses.

–Doug Masson, Attorney
WELL Member since 1999

I love the Writers conference, home to a wonderfully supportive community of all types of real working writers being real people together. Byline is full of inside info the working writer needs — contracts and contacts, editors and agents. Current gives me thoughtful insights — and some fiercely argued points of view — on what’s happening in the world.

-Joe Flower, Healthcare Futurist     
WELL Member since 1989

My home on The WELL is the convivial chow.ind. It’s the best place online to talk about food — eating it, cooking it, going out for it, and heck, even making dioramas from it. You’ll also find me in the San Francisco conference, which I co-host. There we discuss all aspects of city life from arts to sports to politics to — okay, eating again. I’m also a fan of Plumage, where a fashion reality check is always available from friendly cohorts.

-Brady Lea, Playwright/Teacher     
WELL Member since 1998

I have always loved the Weird conference because “weird” only begins to describe it. I love the Plumage conference because my friends and I never get tired of talking about clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, and grooming, and because on Oscar night we cast all discretion aside and call it like we see it. And the Media conference is as rich and huge and fast-moving as media culture itself.

-Stephanie Vardavas, Attorney and Author
WELL Member since 1994