Treading the Loneliness Line
January 30, 2010 § 26 Comments
I’ve discovered I can only read The Sun in short spurts. Occasionally in the letters section, a reader will say they find the content too depressing, and I struggle with this too. It’s powerful and real, and it can be difficult to read.
But reading a few pages at a time works, and allows me to absorb the information slowly, and appreciate the beauty of the writing.
“I think if anybody stays close to their loneliness, they’re always staying close to the edge. So when I’m by myself, which is a necessity when you’re a writer, I have to constantly deal with that bleak, despairing feeling. It’s a funny thing about loneliness. No matter what you try to do to fill it, you can never fill it. At the end of the day it looks at you and measures you exactly. We do an awful lot of things — at least, I do — to try to escape it. But when I can blend and merge with the loneliness, there’s an extraordinary feeling of fulfillment nothing else can compare with.”
Now I don’t feel so alone, although I’ll always tread the loneliness line. Do you?