Alexandra Petri on embracing your inner awkwardness

Alexandra Petri, author of 'A Field Guide to Awkward Silences', says awkwardness is a good thing — and we should learn to wield its power.
Shad embraces the discomfort of reading Alexandra Petri's essay collection, 'A Field Guide to Awkward Silences.' (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

What do you do when you forget someone's name mid-introduction? Or wave at someone who wasn't waving at you? Alexandra Petri has a personal take on precisely these kinds of scenarios. 

The Washington Post columnist joins Shad to discuss her new collection of essays, A Field Guide to Awkward Silences, and the benefits of embracing your blunder-prone side. 

Petri (a.k.a Sister Gloria) also describes the time joined a new religion to avoid being rude, and why she thinks pop culture gets the awkward girl all wrong. 


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