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How not to be alone


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I’m a little behind on this one, but recently Jonathan Safran Foer (whose novels are still on my list) gave the Commencement Address at Middlebury College. And this article is a portion of it. Here’s a little piece of the article: Most of the time, most people are not crying in public, but everyone is

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Two blinks: on loneliness and communication


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Here is an article Georgina linked on Facebook, called The Lethality of Loneliness, about the science and the biological effects of loneliness. It’s long, but interesting if you are so inclined. Here is the conclusion: At a deeper level, though, loneliness research forces us to acknowledge our own extraordinary malleability in the face of social

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Try a little tenderness


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I quite liked this article by Gordon Marino in The Stone, over at the New York Times Opinionator, on the neglected emotion of tenderness: While I have all the respect in the world for respect, it is a chilly sort of feeling — if it is a feeling at all. Respect is a fence that

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The one about sentimentality in art


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I came upon this quote on sentimentality in art, over at The Happiness Project, and it has to go here as a quote for keeping. How about the second paragraph. And The Mill on the Floss. Yes. The first four books within that book might be the slowest thing I’ve ever read, and required a

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