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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!
The State of the World 2022
Starting January 4
A tradition for two decades, Bruce Sterling, Jon Lebkowsky once again start the new year by hosting their annual freewheeling discussion about “The State of the World.” The insightful, often edgy conversation is on the WELL, but you don’t have to be a member to read it. This year’s edition includes special guests Vinay Gupta, CEO of Mattereum, and journalist Emily Gertz.
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December 7 – 21, 2021
Bad Motherfucker: The Life and Movies of Samuel L. Jackson
Author Gavin Edwards visits for a two-week discussion of his latest book, “Bad Motherfucker: The Life and Movies of Samuel L. Jackson, the Coolest Man in Hollywood.” “A fascinating exploration and celebration of the life and work of the coolest man in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson—from his star-making turns in the films of Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino to his ubiquitous roles in the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, not to mention the cult favorite Snakes on a Plane.”
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