Every person you see on the street, on the subway, at the doctor’s office — every person has a story.

In October 2010, I got to thinking, ‘How many of those stories do I really know? How many am I missing out on?’

So I sat down and made a list: 100 types of people I knew existed in the world but had never met. A transgendered person, someone who had been to prison, someone who had saved a life, a one-hit wonder, a psychic, someone from a third world country.

The project that was born is 100 INTERVIEWS (www.100interviews.com). 100 Interviews is a blog by NYC journalist and comedian Gaby Dunn, wherein she (who is me) attempts to interview 100 brand new people in just one year.

Since the project began, I have had coffee with my father and a recovering heroin addict, talked religion with a self-made millionaire, gotten drunk with an amputee, learned about fearlessness and lunacy from a Guinness World Record holder, discussed politics with a gay Republican, and tried to civilly understand someone who pickets abortion clinics.

I’ve befriended ‘Goosebumps’ author R.L. Stine, sat in a closed reading of RENT cast member Fredi Walker-Browne’s new play, had beers with Village Voice Editor-in-Chief Tony Ortega, eaten vegan ice cream with actress Mayim Bialik, flirted with porn actor James Deen, and ambushed a taping of The Colbert Report to “interview” Mr. Stephen Colbert.

“It’s like you’ve made the conscious decision to have a more interesting life,” my friend told me one night at a bar.

So come on — Look up from your iPhone and stop playing Angry Birds. This is serious.

For more on 100 INTERVIEWS: Listen here and read here.

Seen on: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, Salon, Romenesko, The Rumpus, Patch.com, Daily Candy, Jezebel, Poynter.org, The Huffington Post, The Apiary, Refinery 29, Doll Mag, Examiner, The YU Commentator, and more.

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