It is a subject that is usually done so very badly - the "argument in the clouds" idea is usually delivered as a sneering epithet - but this didn't have that feel at all, at least to me. Somehow it had more of the feel that I have myself: that of having firmly been, at one time or another, every character in the story. I swear, as I was reading along I started to root for the little inline jabs to "Do me! Please, do me!", and dang if they didn't!
Sweet. I deserved every one of them.
I found the whole thing endearing, but have to call out a favorite insight in particular:
“I just wanted to congratulate each of you on how much bigger your teams have gotten.” It occurred to her that with most memories from childhood, things seem smaller when one returns as an adult. She felt a bit disoriented, as if she’d ingested Alice’s “drink me” potion.
I could chew on that all day.
Bookmarked here, so that I can explain to others a little better why principles are (and have always been, even if I didn't realize it) more important to me than purity. I know I've never done it that well, myself!
Deep tip of the hat to Joel for this share.