Talking about art while sitting on the couch, over a few beers, while walking down the street, during the movie, with the artist at her opening. This has been my experience during the last week and a half since I've become a resident of Oakland, CA. I love it!
It is not my geographical location that has inspired this richness and frequency of dialogue; it is my entrance into a society and culture of people with whom I share very similar concerns. This cultural location I refer to is, of course, grad-school. Actually, a lot of the credit for my satisfying conversations go to my new flat-mate. We are in the same program, although he'll be starting his second year.