The idea of quiet parties has been getting some media attention lately, most recently in this article in the Christian Science Monitor. I feel strange commenting on a practice I haven’t experienced first-hand. Despite the sort of dorky “planned event” feel, I wonder if it appeals to those who are more adept with written than spoken words. I also wonder if it breaks down that initial awkwardness at social events with strangers: the opening line. I wonder if the garrulous become wallflowers. I wonder whether the way you hand someone a note, or the way it looks, matters more than the content (paging Dr. McLuhan…).
Of course, finding this out would mean actually going to such an event, and that sounds no more fun than going to any party to me. I am not a party-person, and I am not “with you.” But, if forced to go to a party, I can see where this might be at least an interesting approach.