From Jim Hanas’ “The Story DoesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Care: An Interview with Sean Stewart“:
I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, during the winter. There are two very essential conditions in Edmonton. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inside and outside, and thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no real doubt about which is which. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a sharp line preserved between the two.
I now live in California. California is an interesting place to meÃ¢â‚¬â€and reminds me a bit of the South, where I spent my summersÃ¢â‚¬â€because in California, what with the weather being clement and the price of real estate being high, you spend a lot of time in this hybrid space. We could call it patio space orÃ¢â‚¬â€if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in the SouthÃ¢â‚¬â€front porch space. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clearly inside in some ways, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s public in other ways.
The world of the blog clearly exists in patio space, in porch space, in that Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to invite you into a level of intimacy not usually accorded to strangers, and yet youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still a stranger. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to write a blog, and you and I will communicate with one another, sometimes with startling candor, and yet in this mixed, hybrid place.Ã¢â‚¬Â