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In the presence of absence: (Not) only the lonely

Loneliness has been in and out of the news in the past year, accompanied by headlines such as ‘a silent plague that is hurting young people’ and ‘loneliness is killing us’. This last item includes the doctor’s warning that ‘lonely people are nearly twice as likely to die prematurely as those who do not suffer […]

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Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

Often covered, never bettered, John Prine’s ‘Speed of the sound of loneliness’ carries an emotional weight that sets it well apart from the standard Stetson country set. Like most country songs, it’s about misery and heartache, but its take on the sensation of loneliness assures it the status of a modern standard. Not unusual for […]