I’m going to share a dirty little secret here: I love gossip. There. I said it. Do I feel better? Probably not. I feel like I need to explain my love of gossip.
First of all, I’m not talking about celebrity gossip. Of that I couldn’t care less. What I’m talking about is gossip about real people, sometimes even people I know. But here’s where my motivations for loving gossip differs from that of 99% of gossip-lovers.
I love gossip because of the insight it gives into the human condition (I hate that term, but it’s the closest I could come to what I mean). As a writer, I study people. I study how they act, how they think, how the react, and how they interact with one another. I study how things make them feel. I study the things they do, rational or not. And because of that, gossip is a wealth of anthropological information. Read More Did you hear about…?