It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Breakup Reading List
Experiencing heartache? At Longreads, Jacqueline Alnes compiles a reading list of essays that have allowed her to grieve.
Love Is Love Is Love
Valentine’s Day is a few days away, and with it the deluge of flowers and candy. But as these bloggers and sites show us, there are lots of ways — and people — to love.
“There was a pair of shoes at Nordstrom’s last week that Dave would have loved, but I didn’t buy them because I couldn’t remember his shoe size.
And, obviously, also because dead men do not need shoes.”
Ra Avis remembers her husband, 1000 days since his death.
Readers Respond: How Do You Say “I Love You?”
Our readers tell us how they show their love.
Head Inside the Head
Hedia Anvar writes of Rome(ance) and the end of love: “You’ll always return to Rome like an addict, except on the Vespa, it’s you flowing through Rome’s arteries.”
Idaho: What Makes Love Last?
Ashlin Horne on love: “It isn’t an illusion of stability that we can fit inside of cabinets and between four walls. That won’t keep us in the arms of another person. It isn’t just forty years of furniture and picture frames that keep it together.”
A Very Awkward Breakup
“My mind was spinning. Love with a Chance of Drowning was due to publish in three months time but the love itself was drowning.” Torre DeRoche had to promote her memoir at the same time she and her partner had split. At The Fearful Adventurer, she explains what happens.
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Love at first sight (and in retrospect)
In which Keerthi Purushothaman falls in love with a city: “If Goa were a man, I would be the clichéd weeping mess of a woman who met her soulmate fleetingly, but recognized when it was too late and the bed was cold.”
Falling Half in Love with Strangers: What’s the Word for That?
Blogger Quinn reflects on a past encounter with a stranger in Vienna, Austria.
“Sean knows me, recognizes these lows after 18 years together, and has mastered worrying from a gentle distance.” When Amanda feels herself sliding, she trusts those closest to her to shepherd her toward the sunshine.
Falling Half in Love with Strangers
“The whole evening I had been suspended in a bubble with Max, and now I felt like I was holding a pin, ready to burst it and step out into the real world again.” Quinn describes a beautiful, meaningful encounter with a stranger in Vienna some years ago.
Moving is hard. Sometimes, it’s brutal.
“Loss is a fundamental part of traveling; people rarely tell you that.” A traveler looks back on the time he said goodbye to North Carolina — and to Ashley.
I Want To Be Like Water
“I wish I were water.
That my words spilled out.”
Miri Elm at A Short Conversation muses on why she wants to be like water.
Portrait of an Eternal Romantic
Love is blind, but can it also be deaf? A tale of romance, salad, and misophonia (aka, the aural sensitivity that causes some people to fly into a rage at the sound of chewing).