Inkwell is a part of the WELL that anyone, both members of the WELL and nonmembers, can read and enjoy. Originally created for interviews with authors on the WELL, it has expanded to include the kinds of stimulating conversations members of the community have every day.  These are the kinds of discussions you expect in a real community. They have persistence and depth. Through ongoing asynchronous discussion, WELL members create a history with each other. Some of the discussions last for years.

Currently in the Inkwell:

THE COLONEL’S BROTHER beginning September 11

Join us for an Inkwell discussion with author Stephanie Vale, the pen name of a longtime WELL member, <vard>, focusing on THE COLONEL’S BROTHER, a novel inspired by the work of Jane Austen, especially PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

A semi-retired attorney and part-time university instructor in the US Pacific Northwest, Ms. Vale has loved Jane Austen for more than 40 years, and has been reading and enjoying Austenesque fiction since 2008. This is her first book.

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Recently in the Inkwell:

‘Seven Secrets of Teaching Online: a Play by Evy Pine’

On May 21, 2021, there’s a staged reading of a new play, “7 Secrets of Teaching Online” by long time WELL member Evy Pine.  This is part of the PlayGround Zoom Fest: A New Works Festival.

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How Has Our Reading Changed During the Covid-19 Period?

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“The State of the World 2021”  January 5-22, 2021.

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Every year for two decades Bruce Sterling and digital media author Jon Lebkowsky have spent two weeks in conversation 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. It’s in a part of the WELL that is open for anybody to read. Bruce and Jon were joined by Malka Older, author of the scifi political thriller “Infomacracy,” the cyberpunk serial “Ninth Step Station,” and the collection “…And Other Disasters.”

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The books and commentary we’ve spotlighted over the years run the gamut from timely political commentary, to noteworthy blogs, to gardening and cooking books, to parenting issues, to the social implications of new technologies. We’ve delved into the evolution of online culture and communications technologies, and we’ve explored improvisational and collaborative branches of music history. Who can say what we’ll talk about next?

Previous Discussions

The State of the World 2020
The State of the World 2019
The State of the World 2018
Virginia Eubanks: Automating Inequality
Roger McNamee: Brain Hacking For Dummies
Ellen Ullman: Life in Code
Julie Rehmeyer: Through the Shadowlands

Hosted by: Jon Lebkowsky (jonl)