Lowering the Bar Is the Truest Act of Friendship

The pandemic is not a friendship litmus test

Rebecca Renner
Forge

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A man playing chess with a friend over a video call.
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For me, the loneliness is the worst. I haven’t touched another person since I broke up with my partner in April. Over the past few months, in my desperation for human connection, I’ve taken to texting my friends way more than I otherwise would. When they don’t respond — right away, or sometimes ever — the…

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Rebecca Renner
Forge

Journalist and fiction writer. Bylines: the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Paris Review, Tin House, The Guardian, National Geographic, etc.