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03:42 pm: it must be the hat
I was at Readercon for something less than 3 hours. I contributed essentially nothing--no sparkling conversation or deep insight, no organizational help, no money. I talked with a handful of friends, greeted a larger handful of people, and went home Thursday night to sleep for a day and a half.

This morning, a stranger in Somerville asked if I'd been at that book convention in Burlington last weekend? Yes, but only for a little while... And he lit up like people do when talking about a new love. Wasn't it amazing? Yes. Yes it was. No qualifier at all. This afternoon, a different stranger came up to me in Cambridge, and said, "Weren't you at Readercon? Wasn't it great?"

I don't know if everything connected with Readercon, even a tiny bit, is still glowing a little because this year's con was so amazing. Or if people are just overflowing with good will towards the con, and they remember seeing my hat Thursday night. But I want to spread the word that there ARE people so overflowing with good will toward Readercon that they go up to strangers on the street and tell them it was wonderful.

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Date:July 16th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's nifty.

It's been awhile since I've been well enough to go to a con, but I keep hoping to get to Readercon one of these years.

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Date:July 17th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
Before this year, I would have suggested you go to Boskone, if you could only go to one con. But Readercon has changed dramatically--not just becoming safer. To use somewhat old-fashioned phrasing, it has its consciousness good and raised, and that echoes in many directions.
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Date:July 17th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it, but found it exhausting. I'll probably go again next year.
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Date:July 19th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
I am sorry I missed you there. It was a wonderful con.
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