Conversation

The One Big Hig Happy that came to me today (though it’s dated 3/5):

Ruthe has learned than in free conversation, you’re allowed to bring up all sorts of things you have on your mind, but what she does here is what lots of stand-up comics do, veering from one quirky observation to another. This is monologue, not conversation. She seems not to have learned — or, more likely, she has chosen to disregard — that conversation is participatory, involving attention to the other participants: there is turn-taking, local coherence, and all that good stuff.

 

One Response to “Conversation”

  1. thnidu Says:

    “This is monologue, not conversation.” Which is what stand-up comics do, and why their monologues can veer much more quickly and wildly than conversation.

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