On Eavesdropping.

Eavesdropping is generally considered unethical and just plain rude, but in a city like New York it’s difficult to not let it become your favorite pastime. When working remotely, I find myself alternating between Spotify’s “Deep Focus” playlist and the ambient sound that comes from learning more about strangers. Millennial men discussing the future of advertising; a freshman in my university’s cafe sharing her adoption story with new friends; an elderly woman trying to make another stranger’s baby, laugh. It’s impossible to overhear without becoming emotionally vested and while I know that eavesdropping on our closet friends and family will most likely lead to hearing something you wouldn’t want to, listening to strangers inspires creativity and forges new perspectives.

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