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Live-streaming loneliness

Watch me be sad<p>This week, it was revealed that the price-gouging pharmaceutical exec Martin Shkreli was the highest bidder for Wu-Tang’s single-copy album, <i>Once Upon a Time in Shaolin</i>. At the time, he had reportedly not listened to it yet, and had no immediate plans to do so. Instead, in the wake of …

The Invisible Face of Loneliness

On Thursday this week the BBC UK are scheduling a documentary called <b>"The Age of Loneliness".</b> On Monday I was invited into my local BBC radio station to have a conversation about this issue. It's a good time of year to have this conversation. Whilst Christmas and New Year are a time of celebration, …

This Is Your Brain on Loneliness

As we settle back into our routines after holiday celebrations, family visits, and New Year's kisses, many of us may feel a bit let down or isolated. For some this is a passing melancholy, but for others it's more serious. Everyone experiences loneliness sometimes, but most people don't know that …

Meet Drinky, the Loneliness-Fighting Robotic Drinking Buddy

A South Korean inventor had a stroke of genius one lonely Christmas night.<p>The intersection of booze and robotics is rife with awesome possibilities.<p>The day may come when your neighborhood bartender is replaced by a more efficient robot bartender, who can serve you a bourbon punch invented by an IBM …

5 Habits That Combat Loneliness

Loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider when assessing your own happiness.<p>One major challenge within happiness is <b>loneliness</b>. The more I've learned about happiness, the more I've come to believe that loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider.<p><b>Of</b> …

Postmodern Loneliness, in Illustrated Form

These narrative graphics of Idalia Candelas celebrate lone women.<p>Recurring themes of women and loneliness occur in the illustrations of Idalia Candelas. Her drawings are a mix of ink, watercolor, and collage combined with digital illustration. We see loneliness at the door, as the only visitor in …

The more women post on Facebook, the lonelier they are, study says

It's curious how people define themselves by the fact that they love Al Green's "Let's Stay Together." Or the Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."<p>Is it because they want others to understand just how tasteful they are? Or is it because they're desperate to find other people who like the same …

Fighting Loneliness With Cuddle Parties

As Americans report feeling more isolated, some people turn to snuggling with strangers.<p>In a living room just outside of Dallas, Texas, about 20 of us crowded on couches, chairs, and blankets, and wore pajamas, sweatpants, and no shoes. The group was mostly middle-aged, a near-even split of men and …

9 Mistakes 30-Something Couples Make That Often Lead to Loneliness

Any of these sound familiar?<p>It didn't happen all at once, but it happened: We looked around and we didn't see very many friends. We had never been busier, never been happier in our relationship with one another, and our calendars were all booked up, yet we still felt lonely.<p>It was our own fault. We …

John Cacioppo: ‘Loneliness is like an iceberg – it goes deeper than we can see’

Loneliness is contagious, heritable, affects one in four people – and increases the chances of early death by 20% – says US social neuroscientist John Cacioppo. The good news? He thinks it can be treated…<p>Professor John Cacioppo has been studying the effects and causes of loneliness for 21 years. He …

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How art helped me see the beauty in loneliness

Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City explores the connection between isolation and creativity. In this extract she examines its role in the work of Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol and others, and suggests we should all be a little less frightened of being alone…<p>Imagine standing by a window at night, on the …

Provocative Book Explores The Connection Between Loneliness And Art

Olivia Laing surveys the landscape of urban alienation in her new book, a work that is part-memoir and part-criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says <i>The Lonely City</i> is "absolutely one of a kind."<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. In her 2013 book, "The Trip To Echo Spring," Olivia Laing …

The Art of Urban Loneliness

In The Lonely City, Olivia Laing investigates her own experiences of isolation through the lens of visual art.<p>Loneliness is a feeling familiar to anyonewho finds themselves adrift in an unfamiliar city, surrounded by unrecognized people.<p>Butin her new book, <i>The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of</i> …

The Shame Around Loneliness is Toxic

The crazy cat lady, the spinster, the failure. The author of a new book discusses the connection between loneliness, gender, and art.<p>In Olivia Laing's searching, intelligent book <i>The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone</i>, the writer has created a thoughtful work exploring an emotion …

The Fox and the Star: A Lyrical Modern Fable of Loneliness and Belonging, Bridged Through Self-Discovery

A poetic illustrated parable of dissolving fear into communion with the cosmos.<p><i>“Longing is the transfiguration of aloneness,”</i> poet and philosopher David Whyte wrote in his poignant meditation on silence, <i>“like a comet’s passing tail, glimpsed only for a moment but making us willing to give up our</i> …

Literature

Solitary Refinement

How six painters and authors transformed urban isolation into lasting art.<p>In 1985, during one of her solitary rambles through Manhattan, Greta Garbo was spotted by another of New York’s best-known eccentrics, who proceeded to follow her, snapping pictures. It was Andy Warhol, as famous for …

Art illuminates loneliness: “The experience of loneliness, particularly urban loneliness, is intensely visual”

<b>Olivia Laing (Jonathan Ring)</b><p>Salon speaks to Olivia Laing, author of “The Lonely City,” a lyrical book that broods on Warhol, Hopper and AIDS<p>Scott Timberg<p>March 17, 2016 9:57pm (UTC)<p>The prose in Olivia Laing’s “The Lonely City” is so fine it could makes anyone who is not the author’s friend or …

ESSAY: Single Ladies, Spinsters, and Women Unbound: The Politics of Female Loneliness

The following article first ran in The National Book Review:<p>By Tara Merrigan<p><i>The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone</i>, Olivia Laing's popular new book of art criticism interspersed with memoir, starts at the moment after sunset, precisely where most narratives would end. Laing has …

Feminism

Is this photo book New York’s answer to loneliness?

Feeling a bit sombre these days? What’s a young creative to do in the urban metropolis, trying hard to make a dollar while still retaining some semblance of artistic integrity? It seems that such questions beg universal answers.<p>Teaming up to counteract a mutual sentiment for displacement and …

The Arts

It’s not all tears and loneliness: The positive side of breaking up

By Gary W. Lewandowski Jr.<p>, Contributor, PostEverything<p>When you think of breakups, the image that most likely comes to mind is of a sad and lonely person. For a long time, research on breakups reflected that image and focused almost exclusively on relationship loss as a negative experience.<p>I’m a …

Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real

“Maybe we’ve constructed culture in a way that people are not feeling recognized, loved, accepted, happy with their place in society.”<p><i>“A society must assume that it is stable,”</i> James Baldwin wrote in his superb 1962 meditation on the creative process, <i>“but the artist must know, and he must let us</i> …

Motherhood

On Loneliness and Finding Creative Freedom With Rising R&B Star Gallant

Gallant's biggest fear is talking about his music. "The way I approach [songwriting] is writing notes on your phone when you're kinda drunk and you're just writing shit," he says. "You don't want everyone else to read that." And it's clear from his debut album, <i>Ology --</i> released on April 6 via Mind …

Loneliness Will Literally Break Your Heart, Says Science

Bad news for those who love staying in.<p>Over the past year, FOGO (Fear of Going Out) has steadily been taking over FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Blame Netflix. Blame being sick of peoples' overexposed lives on social media. Whatever it is, having absolutely no plans to interact with other humans is …

'I have no idea how to make friends' – how loneliness can affect your health

We asked readers about the impact of social isolation on their body and mind. Here are some of the responses<p>A study has found that social isolation can increase your risk of having a stroke or coronary artery disease by as much as 30%. While the study was observational, which means firm conclusions …

New Study Says Loneliness Can Literally Hurt Your Heart

Adding "me time" into your schedule can be a great way to relax, unwind, and do the things you really want to do. But spending too much time alone …

Loneliness is a silent killer we need to fight together | Richard Pennycook

The Co-op’s members and businesses are working with the British Red Cross to tackle this modern crisis<p>In 21st century Britain, loneliness is killing people. Not directly, of course, but insidiously through its effect on public health and the undermining of our social fabric. Last week, researchers …

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The Strange Relationship Between Power and Loneliness

Both power and loneliness are studied extensively in the social sciences, yet few researchers have examined the relationship between the two. So my colleagues and I conducted eight studies to do exactly that, finding evidence that it’s not quite as lonely at the top as most of us assume. In our …

Better housing can help tackle the crisis of loneliness in older people

In some parts of the UK, 80% of over-55s say they feel isolated, but well-designed transport, public spaces and street furniture can make a difference<p>More than a million older people in Britain claim to always or often feel lonely. Demos’ recent report on building companionship also found that …

Robots, Love, and Loneliness - in the Music of Damon Albarn and Hot Chip

Two recent records by seasoned British artists traverse the interconnected themes of technology, loneliness, and love.<p>Several new political tracts …

The Dark Slime of Loneliness: Grateful After Breast Cancer

<i>I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2015. I share the learning that jolted me back on track to a new life. This is my sixth posting.</i><p>When I started to keep a notebook of my cancer experience, I was determined to be honest. How else could I learn? But it was hard to write this …

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