For The Love Of Wisdom – Olivia Laing – Loneliness

Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing (April 14, 1977 -) Loneliness isn’t the same thing as solitude, nor is it solitude’s inevitable consequence. As Hopper’s painting (Nighthawks) demonstrates, it can arise just as easily in situations of proximity. You can be lonely in a crowd, lonely in a marriage — or, on the other hand, content and at ease …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Olivia Laing – Loneliness

Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing (April 14, 1977 -) What does it feel like to be lonely? It feels like being hungry: like being hungry when everyone around you is readying for a feast. It feels shameful and alarming, and over time these feelings radiate outwards, making the lonely person increasingly isolated, increasingly estranged. It hurts, in the way …