“I believe we must reinvent loneliness in order to survive it. I have been trying to do this my whole life.”
During times of isolation and dramatic change, our stories from around the world are an essential global historical record.
How the pandemic made us confront what it means to be alone.
“For all these reasons—the socialization we receive as kids, as well as emotional restraint, homophobia, experiences of betrayal, and many others—many men stop confiding in each other, trusting each other, supporting each other, and expressing emotion around each other.”
“It’s been an overwhelming year—the isolation, the stalled shoots, the erosion of our democracy—but he finds that here in central Montana simpler conflicts abide.”
Giving birth in the last year has meant a suffocatingly cloistered, rather than a communal, experience.
“It’s been more than a year that we haven’t been able to see him…We’re getting old. We don’t know how much time we have left.
“Eastport tried for years to lure mega cruise ships. Then, amid a global pandemic, it got one, along with a skeleton crew of coronavirus exiles.”
We heard about the cruise ships — but Covid-19 has also marooned people living on small boats worldwide.
It seems like everyone in the world loves “Fetch the Bolt Cutters.” So why don’t I? On the isolation of disconnection.