We have a couple that we have been "quaranteaming," with. They travel with us and come over for a bonfire every Saturday night, weather permitting. Recently, it dawned on me that my kids are experiencing a similar childhood to mine. In a good way. They consistently see adults sitting around a fire, a table etc. and discussing the topics of the day, while listening to music. When I was a kid I couldn't believe that the adults enjoyed just sitting and conversing. My son recently said, "all you guys do is talk." We don't have a conversation pit, we have a fire pit.
That said, I followed the link the article gave to some instagram photos of 60's/70's living rooms. Some of those conversation pits have fire pits in them with a hood above them. That's dope.
We are about to embark upon 9 week kitchen renovation. The result of which will be a new family hearth. I expect a lot of time to be spent in there, conversing.