The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina KeeganAn affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.
Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.
As her family, friends, and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.
Even though she was just twenty-two when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.
Short Story: Loneliness In The Depths Of My Heart
They also feature characters who are seeking connection or those who have company but are disconnected from those around them. See also Depression Mental Illness. Here are some stories that might interest an avid reader, or that might be suitable short stories for middle school kids. At a dinner party, a banker argues that capital punishment is preferable to life imprisonment. A young lawyer disagrees, saying that he would rather life in prison than death. Read here.
It can come about due to the breakdown of a relationship, the passing of a friend or relative, relocating to a different part of the globe, or an over-all sense of social exclusion. One of its cruelest forms occurs when a child becomes a confused and unwilling pawn in a battle between adults. A sense of isolation arises where feeling or voicing love for one parent is seen as disloyalty towards the other. It was this type of pain and bewilderment which impelled me to write the first story which is under words and titled " Seashells ". At the opposite end of the spectrum is the despair felt by those who feel doomed to unending emptiness, longevity having rendered their lives devoid of joy. It resulted from overhearing a shop assistant mention that some elderly customers come into her store every day to ask where the same items are kept. She said this interaction often seems to comprise their sole social contact.
(Amy Gaertner's moderate delusions of grandeur)
Loneliness (youngsafi Short Film)
How did I get to a place where I can go days where the only conversation is between me and my barista? I have a chronic illness which means I need to rest a lot. The whole thing alarms me and disappoints me, and all of this is potentially more damaging than anything I could set out to do intentionally. Unwanted change happens incrementally, is only observable over distance and is not benign. There is no standing still. There is no treading water. You gotta embrace where you are.
I walk up the cold steps. I could turn around right now, GO! The thought goes through my head. Panic fleeing through every nerve in my body. My senses strain, every sensation increased tenfold. The high tech buildings tower over me, shadows stretching out, engulfing the bare yard.
I walked down the school corridor precariously. But as I looked up I saw her walking down the other end. Laughing the laugh I knew very well. Surrounded by a group of friends she had an air for herself which I could never match. I loved her attitude and soon she became my best friend.