What does it feel like to be lonely? It feels like being hungry…. It feels shameful and alarming, and over time these feelings radiate outwards, making the lonely person increasingly isolated, increasingly estranged. It hurts, in the way that feelings do, and it also has physical consequences that take place invisibly, inside the closed compartments of the body. It advances…cold as ice and clear as glass, enclosing and engulfing.
Olivia Laing