The Upside of Awkwardness

Blogger Jenny Lawson On Building Community Through Mortifying Stories

December 20, 2015

When blogger Jenny Lawson recently tweeted about an awkward exchange she had with a cashier at an airport, she couldn't have imagined the flood of responses she'd get from fans recounting their own mortifying moments. The tweet went viral and within a few days she'd received thousands of messages from fans recounting their own awkward stories. The whole affair was proof of something Jenny had long suspected -- that awkwardness can help bring people together.

She spoke to Doug Gordon about her latest book, "Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things".