Is One Really the Loneliest Number? Five Bloggers on the Virtues of Solitude
Five bloggers on the virtues of alone time, with photos from our recent “Solitude” challenge.
The Alone: A Poem by Ann WJ White
“I live alone in a house of people,
Never noticed, never seen,
The dust is my intimate friend.”
The Eroticism of Placelessness
Cody Delistraty on the intersections of loneliness, freedom, and romance: “What is missed, however, is the sense of belonging. When we sever ourselves from ‘home’ — that nebulous concept that tends to refer more often to people and memories than to brick and mortar — we find ourselves placeless and free, but also deeply lonely.”
Is Social Rejection the Key to Creativity?
Cody Delistraty on rejection, loneliness, and creative genius: “There is solitude, which can lead to meta-cognition and creative focus. But there is also, as van Gogh experienced off and on throughout his life, crippling loneliness that sets the artist back.”