No One You Know Book Talk

No One You Know: Interacting with Strangers in NYC

Celebrate the book launch of No One You Know, a book of meaningful encounters with random New Yorkers!

  • Hear short readings of NY-centric urban vignettes from the book No One You Know
  • Discover the hidden value of talking with strangers
  • Learn how to have an epic conversation with someone you’ve never met
  • Explore how different cities charge and influence interactions
  • Find out what embedding with strangers reveals about identity

About this Webinar:

During a lonely and difficult year (pre-pandemic), author Jason Schwartzman began allowing regular, everyday interactions with strangers to escalate. In NO ONE YOU KNOW, Schwartzman compiles dozens of these encounters and deftly reveals the kinship he finds there, ultimately reconsidering what it means to know someone. From taxi dispatchers to aquarium attendants, drifters to neighbors, exes to siblings, Schwartzman captures the space between people, meticulously distilling the turning point when strangers become intimates. Across various cities, namely New York and St. Louis, he explores how people make themselves known.

About Jason Schwartzman

Jason Schwartzman is the author of NO ONE YOU KNOW, forthcoming from Outpost19 in May 2021. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Narratively, Untapped New York, Hobart, River Teeth, Human Parts, and elsewhere. You can find him on Twitter @jdschwartzman and more of his writing on

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