Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Single Degree of Magazine-Article Separation

It happened in Park Slope.

Imagine this. You’re going about your day when suddenly, right there next to you, there is an individual reading something that you wrote. Do you… Keep quiet? Suppress a chortle? Make a formal introduction?

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and GQ, faced this situation for the first time over the weekend. She tells us it happened at Pain Quotidien in Park Slope. “I was interviewing someone else, and I saw someone with her New York Times and I saw her open up to the story I wrote about the circus in the magazine,” Akner says. “She was flipping through. I’m not sure she was going to stop. I was going to be cool, but then was bodily unable to stop myself from saying ‘I wrote that!’”

Forbes staff writer Clare O’Connor once had a similar experience, which she tweeted to Akner in reply. It happened a while ago. As O’Connor shared at the time via Instagram, her one-degree incident involved a seatmate on a flight from LAX to JFK and an article about Oprah Winfrey’s South African school.

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