Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Mediabistro.com’s one-time director of education (pictured), shared a funny freelance writer experience over the weekend via Salon.

Once a year, the wife of New York magazine west coast editor Claude makes a point of flying from LA to New York to confab in person with her various features editors. Smart move. This winter, the group included Sarah from Salon.com, whom Brodesser-Akner knew only up to that point via email:

I started talking ideas. I had an idea about Ikea, how it’s come to represent the interchangeability of our society–after all, isn’t it weird that we’re all buying disposable furniture now? As I told her an anecdote about meeting a friend at Ikea recently, she just let me talk and talk. She must really like me, I thought. Five whole minutes must have passed.

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