Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City writes about the importance of cherishing friendships, despite the difficulties created by lockdowns. After finally meeting face to face with a friend she writes, “We laughed, shared family news, told each other the things we’d been worrying over. At home, alone in my study, they’d felt insurmountable, a sign that something was irredeemably wrong with me. Under the gentle scrutiny of my friend, they diminished to a normal size: just the grit of everyday traffic with other humans.”
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