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A defense of small talk

Everybody hates small talk. There’s no denying it. Google defines “small talk” as, “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions.” Now, the English major in me automatically performed a close-read on this definition. Here’s how I unpacked it: This definition of small talk literally contains the word “unimportant,”…

Looking Up: Small Talk

Once upon a time, I was convinced I was bad at small talk. I remember being on the tennis team during freshman and sophomore years of high school, feeling horribly dysfunctional. I couldn’t understand why it was so difficult for me to flow with the other girls’ conversations. It was the most basic thing…