Marina Keegan’s “The Opposite of Loneliness”

Written by: Haley Erb

Primary Source: Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarl Sagan asserts that books are proof that humans can work magic. It is with this concept in mind that the story of Marina Keegan makes the most sense.

Marina was a 22 year old writer and a Yale graduate when her essay, “The Opposite of Loneliness”, was published in a special edition of the Yale Daily News. Today, “The Opposite of Loneliness” has been viewed over 1.4 million times at the Yale Daily News website. Her book, which came out this week, is published under the very same title.

Unfortunately, she will never get a chance to hold this book with her name on the spine – she died in a car crash in May, 2012. The book is a posthumous collection of her essays, short stories, and other non-fiction works. Her words live on, breaking the shackles of time, carrying her voice forward, and reminding us (as she writes in one of her poems) that “everything is so beautiful and so short”.

You can read her original essay, her book, or this moving article by her friend to find out more.

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Haley Erb
Haley Erb is a junior in the Professional Writing program. She also studies creative writing and the digital humanities. She is a pro-oxford comma and an excellent marshmallow roaster. Willing to ramble about typography, writing, design, food, science, books, space, or pretty much anything. She can be bribed with sour candy. Follow Haley on Twitter @haleys_comma.