If you've ever been alone on Valentine's Day, you probably know how isolating it can be to feel like the only single person in a world full of happy couples. But being alone doesn't have to be shameful. This hour, we're changing the script and making the case for the lovelorn, the loners, the bachelors and spinsters that there's nothing wrong with being alone.
After writer Olivia Laing relocated to New York from England, she quickly discovered how lonely you can feel in crowd. Still reeling after a breakup and struggling to adapt to a new country, she turned to artists like Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz to better understand how you can still feel isolated in a city teeming with millions of people.
For writer and educator Parker Palmer, solitude is essential to recharging and gaining new perspective on life. He's just returned from a week-long retreat in the winter woods of Wisconsin, and stopped by our studio to talk about what what he gains from being alone.
In 2010, explorer Sarah Marquis set out on a solo walk from Siberia to Australia. Over the course of three years and 10,000 miles, she braved subzero temperatures and sandstorms, and was harassed by drunk nomads and drug dealers. She writes about the adventure in a new book called "Wild By Nature."
Kirk Lynn's debut novel "Rules for Werewolves" is the story of a group of young, homeless, angry kids running from their families and roaming the suburbs of Los Angeles like a pack of wolves. He says the story was partially inspired by his own experience breaking into homes during his wild teenage years.