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  • The Opposite of Loneliness
  • Marina Keegan
  • English
  • 19 January 2018
  • 9781476753614
The Opposite of Loneliness

The Opposite of Loneliness Read & Download Ð 104 Arina left behind a rich expansive trove of prose that like her title essay captures the hope uncertainty and possibility of her generation The Opposite of Loneliness is an assem­blage of Marina’s essays and stories that like The Last Lecture articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the wor. What beautiful talent and skill in such a young life Her story her words peeking into her mind is heartbreaking but also hopeful and inspiring all at once Though gone her potential lives on in this way

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The Opposite of Loneliness Read & Download Ð 104 An affecting and hope filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generationMarina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012 She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a. This book infuriated me I m sure it has infuriated others as well but given the circumstances and tragic death of its writer I suspect most folks feel uncomfortable panning it So I ll take one for the team and be that asshole When I jumped into this book having read its hype I was expecting to spend a few days in bed shamed that a 20 something writer could mop the floor with words in a way that I still cannot at 37 Imagine my shock when I realized just the opposite Had Marina Keegan not died so tragically and I don t mean to downplay the tragedy because truly it was a sad and unfortunate event I hope am convinced that this book never would have seen the light of day As the writer of the book jacket reveals what propelled this book into existence is one of Marina s essays going viral right after her untimely death an essay that doesn t sound much different than every single high school student s graduation speech Marina seems a smart and thoughtful cookie the type of girl who would recognize herself that just because something gets picked up by the masses and thrust into the public eye because of tragic circumstances DOESN T MEAN IT S GOOD It just means we love a good tragedy The unfortunate fact of the matter is that Marina s writing sounds like exactly what it is the product of writers workshops and a 20 year old mind Anne Fadiman who wrote the introduction extolls Marina s writing virtues by stating that while her other 20 something students try to sound 40 Marina s magic resides in the fact that she does not That her works resound with the voice of a young 20 year old And that is true Profoundly true And sadly true Because the fact of the matter is there are plenty of writers out there who don t feign the profundity of a 40 something writer AND YET are doing something real and different and profound Marina is not one of those Her writing sounds like most everyone else s writing in college it doesn t take risks It s not surprising Its neatly packaged endings make me groan and picture my own workshop instructors saying Nooooo that s too easy Take it somewhere surprising Somewhere truthful but interesting Her writing may be truthful it may occasional stumble across a bit of insight but it is rarely interesting It is rarely remarkable And uite frankly if this is what the New Yorker considers the voice of this generation then it represents exactly what its writer was hoping to rise up in the face of the death of literature Bullets in the Washing Machine the Vertigo Voices: The Eaters USA talented young Yale graduate whose The Philodendrist Heresy title essay captured Salamander the world’s attention in 2012 and Pig Earth turned her into an icon for her generationMarina Keegan’s star was on Days of Southern Comfort the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012 She had a play Dansen in een prinsessenjurk that was BIRTH CERTIFICATE: The Story of Danilo Kiš to be produced at Babouchka the New York International Fringe Festival and a. 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The Opposite of Loneliness Read & Download Ð 104 Job waiting for her at the New Yorker Tragically five days after graduation Marina died in a car crashAs her family friends and classmates deep in grief joined to create a memorial service for Marina her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News “The Opposite of Loneliness” went viral receiving than 14 million hits She had struck a chordEven though she was just twenty two when she died M. I was drawn to this book because of the tragic backstory and also because this is a little embarrassing I m trying to understand the so called millennial generation a little better than I think I do there are noticeable differences many of them rooted in stereotypeAnne Fadiman who wrote one of my favorite books ever The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down writes a beautiful introduction here about her student Marina Keegan and Marina s tragic death five days after graduation and some of the reasons why Marina s admirers felt they should bring out a book of the writing she left behind from her undergrad years at YaleThe book is somewhat critic proof given the circumstances as Fadiman wisely notes she d want to be remembered for being good not being dead but I did have three responses1 I agree with the reviewer below who said this reads like the work of the best student in an undergrad writing class Marina s short fiction stories are far better than her essays which tended toward platitude because hey 22 and in awe of the world Whatever profound insight others have found in her essays has escaped me Also as Fadiman notes you are completely aware that you are reading the work of a young woman in her earliest 20s rather than a college student trying to sound impressive and adult The journalist in me was pleased by the number and variety of people she interviewed for her essay about the high number of Yale students opting sadly Marina surmised for careers in financeconsulting2 There are all sorts of issues here to discuss for book groups I think and an undergrad writing class far away from the Ivy League about privilege To what degree has influence and a top tier education made it so that you are now holding the contents of Marina s hard drive in a hardcover book from a big publisher To what degree was Marina aware of her connections besides acknowledging her good fortune Only the Fadiman essay provides the real context who was she How was she different from other 22 year olds but it s an interesting way to examine the work as well through the prism of the fraught subjects of elitism and entitlement3 When I came here to write my review leave my three stars really like 25 stars and move the book into my read column I clicked the rating details to see what the general ratings had been thus far which indicate that NOBODY has given this book 2 stars or 1 star But that s not true If you scroll down into the text reviews you ll see than a few 2 star and 1 star reactions many of which are valid and even spot on Hey Goodreads Why don t the ratings details reflect the ratings given alongside the reviews Is the overall score even accurate Even though she has done so posthumously Marina has published a book that retails for 23 It should come under the same scrutiny as anyone s book From what we gather in Fadiman s intro she would want to see all the scores not just the four star and five star rankings