Melinda Blau


On her and Karen Fingerman's book Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Connections Into Life-Changing Moments

Cover Interview of August 22, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Life is too complex to depend solely on the people closest to us.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“While not all of these lesser relations are good to us or for us, the vast majority are–among other reasons because we can usually walk away when they’re not.”

On the second:

“Health research suggests that being connected to different types of people benefits the immune system, hastens recovery, and is even associated with longevity.  Knowing a variety of people, up and down socio-economic ladder, also puts more information at our fingertips, makes us better communicators, and bodes well for success.”