Krista and I are back on the ground in frigid Minnesota. Last night a capacity crowd of nearly 250 people filled this lecture hall at the historic New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Krista and Stuart (of the National Institute for Play) were elegantly and playfully interviewed by Paul, who is the host of the NYPL’s ongoing LIVE series. The topic, approximately, was: how does the life of the spirit relate to the human capacity and need for play? And, Krista then signed the new paperback edition of Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters—and How to Talk About It.

We were touched that several people from Penguin actually came along for the event (after all they can see authors whenever and wherever they want to), and this after we had been warmly welcomed and lunched and looked after by Carolyn Carlson, Krista’s editor, and Lindsay Prevette, her publicist.

Some friends of the show also appeared to say hello: Majora Carter, of Sustainable South Bronx, Margaret Mockbee, the daughter of Samuel Mockbee (founder of Rural Studio at Auburn University), Paul Ruest, our friend from the Argot Network, and others. A delight.

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I was there the other night. Even though the event was sold out I was able to squeeze in on the stand-by list. Whew! Aside from already being a fan of Krista and Dr. Brown I thought Paul did a great job of keeping the conversation fluid. He especially kept a balance of addressing personal (sometimes complex) questions while leaving room for.... well, play. Plus how could you be too serious after looking at images of bears, monkeys and children playing?
One aspect of the event that was a bit frustrating was that I wanted to participate more. I'm used to listening to speaking of faith on the radio, on Saturdays in my studio. I usually comment and question right along with the radio. It's always interesting to see a radio personality live. It changes the whole context in which one is used to identifying with them.

Oh I'm glad you came, Aaron. It's true that when we do public events, I always sense the audience would like to spend more time actually asking Krista qiestions. In this case, the program was really in the hands of the library. But it makes me think we should try someday to just sort of convene folks in a public space to, well, sit and talk. Not sure when we'll have time for that but it's really what the show itself is about: people talking and really listening to each other.