In the Spring of 2020, as an antidote to doomscrolling and reading every PubMed article about COVID-19 that I could find, I took my seventeen-year-old daughter’s suggestion to stop terrorizing myself with statistics and watch fashion videos on YouTube instead. I started with Alexa Chung’s Franglais series (2019–20), and although none of her advice applied to my coronavirus wardrobe of old hoodies and pajama bottoms, I persevered, recognizing that out of all the circulating internet fantasies I could inhabit in a post-truth world, these were probably the most benign. Within a few weeks, the algorithm had incorporated Vogue magazine’s 73 Questions into my suggested video feed. Based on an impromptu conversation between digital storyteller Joe Sabia and actress Sarah Jessica Parker in 2014, the format features Sabia visiting a celebrity at home and asking them seventy-three questions in a...

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