Thank you all for your interest in the Storytelling Forum on love, solitude, and companionship. As you prepare for our story-sharing on Tuesday, browse the following resources for inspiration. At the conclusion of Tuesday’s event, we will ask for your own suggestions on resources to include to this list. Until then, enjoy reflecting on this theme, and we are looking forward to sharing stories with you!
Susan Sontag on Love: Illustrated diary excerpts on Brain Pickings.
Also on Brain Pickings: Famous (and illustrated) definitions of love, from 200 years of literary history.
And there is always friend love, and the Rumpus’ beautiful take on it.
How to Be Alone, a visual poem and video on solitude.
A This American Life episode devoted to “What I Did For Love”, individuals’ stories as they try to make sense of being alone and together.
Some of Roxanne’s thoughts on long-distance love and loneliness.
And more on distance, permanence, making homes, and companionship - by Cheri Lucas.
And a more cynical take on long distance relationships by “Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like.” Too cynical for some, just right for others.
“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” - Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.” - Cheryl Strayed