I’m dubbing it the friendship gap: The vortex of time that occurred somewhere between the start of the pandemic (when the Zoom sessions tapered off) and the present day. In some cases, it’s been actual years since you’ve seen pals you once considered close in person and, well, the reunions can feel awkward. Because how on earth do you attempt to sum up—or catch up—on the hell we’ve all been living through for the past two years?
Personally, I’ve leaned on small talk. But is there a way to have meaningful conversations again? We chatted with Celeste Headlee, author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter—and the upcoming book Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism and How To Do It—about where to start.