During my walk with Emily St. John Mandel she talked about the phrase “survival is insufficient,” which she used in her book Station Eleven and originated in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager that she saw as a teen. An answer to the question of why humans continue to make art in spite of, well, everything. She also used the term “desperate joy,” which has stuck with me ever since. It made me think of the day I got my first vaccine, during which I walked and skateboarded most the length of Manhattan, my heart bursting with hope. It’s cold in New York City, so I could use a little bit of that feeling today. So tell me, what was a time that you experienced “desperate joy”?
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