Despite the fact that Laura Hillenbrand does not leave her house because of illness, her research and insight have taken her and us to race tracks and inside a world war. She cannot use microfiche for her research so she buys actual newspapers on eBay and sits down with them. What a way to connect with her subjects and their era.
And this remote way of working is not so unusual; NPR’s Fresh Air is mostly remote and Terry Gross is not in the same studio with her guests. I have met and worked with people on three continents for a decade by computer–nice to see I’m not alone either.