At a time when many of us are graduating and are on the cusp of adult life, it is an overwhelming but exciting time, full of possibility.
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.
The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of essays and stories, by Marina Keegan. Keegan tragically died in a car crash several days after graduating from Yale in May 2012, aged 22. Keegan accomplished much as a writer at a young age, and it seems unfair when thinking of someone so young, and who possessed much potential and promise to come to a premature death. The book is understandably read in light of this, however, this does not draw from the vibrant and exuberant literary voice she possessed. As a writer, Keegan has a fresh and startling voice, sounding her age. Perhaps there are few richer sources for writing material as youth and the possibility of the world ahead of you. From short stories, which capture moments, relatable to late teens or an early twenty something—to her essays about concerns for animals, or food diseases, her work is marked by rich observations and insight of the world. In the final essay she wrote for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” she writes, “We’re so young. We’re so young.” She emphasises, “We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time.” Her appeal to our generation is to enjoy being young. At a time when many of us are graduating and are on the cusp of adult life, it is an overwhelming but exciting time, full of possibility. Keegan reminds us to enjoy this time in our lives.