练习 | 讲述孤独的故事,让我们不再孤独

练习 | 讲述孤独的故事,让我们不再孤独

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Sharing Our Loneliness May Help Us Feel Less Lonely

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Sharing Our Loneliness May Help Us Feel Less Lonely

讲述孤独的故事,让我们不再孤独

刘立军 供稿

TRANSCRIPT


In English, there is an expression that goes like this: Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. It suggests that people do not want to share in the sadness of others.


But what if sharing our sadness actually helps us feel better? That was the goal of Natalie Eve Garrett when she thought of collecting stories about loneliness.


In the book, The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone, Garrett wanted to share personal stories of loneliness. Garrett said she hopes the stories give people suffering from loneliness comfort and perhaps even joy.


"I think we all have felt alone. We all feel lonely. And we all will continue to feel lonely sometimes. I think when we read about varied experiences it can be a way of using loneliness and aloneness to connect with each other. And that was really my hope with the book."


Different stories from different voices


The writers and stories in this collection are all very different. Some are tragic, such as the death of a loved one. While others are lighter, such as feeling alone at a Star Trek event. This variety is something Garrett wanted readers to also experience.


The book project was sold in 2019. And then COVID-19 spread around the world. Suddenly isolation became a part of nearly everyone's lives. People were separated from friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors.


At the same time, many people were forced to be around their immediate families all the time. For some, this led to a different kind of loneliness - a loneliness for oneself. The book The Lonely Stories also deals with the challenges of a lack of solitude, or as we often call it, alone time.


Garrett talked about the difference between loneliness and solitude.


"They're not the same. I, you know, I think of loneliness as feeling of lack. Solitude, I think, is chosen whereas loneliness happens to us."


A writer and a painter, Garrett found being in quarantine with her two young daughters both good and bad. She was able to spend much time with her family. But this also meant she did not have time to paint. When talking about the lack of time to herself, Garrett used the words "longing" and "crave" - both mean to deeply want something.


"During the pandemic, I really found myself longing for alone time. I have two small children. They're 9 and 11, and we were all quarantining at home together, which while joyful, I felt so often disconnected from myself and really craved more time to be with myself to have time to paint and sort of reconnect."


While most of the stories were written during the pandemic, only a few writers deal with the pandemic directly.


In the story "On Witness and Respair," Jesmyn Ward writes about her husband dying at the beginning of the pandemic. Her whole family caught what they thought was just a severe flu. Her husband did not survive.


In "Exodus, 2020," Emily Raboteau describes the emptying of a large apartment building where she lives in New York City. One by one, neighbors and friends left the city for safer places to live during the pandemic.


The loneliness of losing one's culture


Several writers describe the loneliness of leaving their culture.


Jhumpa Lahiri's "Trading Stories" is about her parents' struggle to fit into a different culture and how that affected her life and work.


Writer Jean Kwok shares the experience of her family moving from Hong Kong to New York City. They lost everything: money, jobs, and more. In "Perpetual Foreigner," she wrote:


"But the heavier price was losing our language, our friends, our culture, and in some ways, one another."


Some of the writers wrote about choosing to be alone for personal or creative reasons and the challenges they faced.


In "Maine Man," Lev Grossman wrote about nearly losing his mind. While in his twenties, he chose to work on a book in a small town, isolated from other people.


In the story "Javelinas," Claire Dederer wrote about facing her alcohol addiction during a period of solitude.


And in "Am I Still Here?" Anthony Doerr, a man addicted to the internet, wrote of his struggle to turn off social media and reconnect with nature and himself.


Dangers of loneliness


Loneliness is not just a mental state. It can also lead to serious physical health problems.


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute on Aging says that loneliness and isolation can be harmful for older people. Loneliness can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, a decrease in mental abilities, and even death.


Younger people are not protected against the harm of loneliness either. Researchers at Harvard University have found that in the United States loneliness has increased in young adults and others since the beginning of the pandemic.


The Harvard study was released in February of 2021. It suggests that "36% of all Americans feel 'serious loneliness.'" This includes "61% of young adults and 51% of mothers with young children."


Garrett told VOA that sharing stories of loneliness is a way to bring attention to the problem and to feel connected to others.


"So, I'm really grateful that so many extraordinary writers joined me on this lonely journey and made it really unlonely! And my hope is that the book will remind us that we're not as alone as we think we are and we're not alone in feeling lonely."


And that's the Health & Lifestyle report. I'm Anna Matteo.


VOCABULARY

1. immediate family 直系亲属

2. solitude n. the state of being alone, especially when you find this pleasant 独处;独居

3. addiction n. the condition of being addicted to sth. 瘾。例如:He is now fighting his addiction to 

alcohol. 他现在正努力戒酒。


QUESTIONS


Read the passage. Then listen to the news and fill in the blanks with the information (words, phrases or sentences) you hear.


In English, there is an expression that goes like this: (Q1) ________________________________. It suggests that people do not want to share in the sadness of others.


But what if sharing our sadness actually helps us feel better? That was the goal of Natalie Eve Garrett when she thought of collecting stories about loneliness.


In the book, The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone, Garrett wanted to share personal stories of loneliness. Garrett said she hopes the stories give people suffering from loneliness comfort and perhaps even joy.


"I think we all have felt alone. We all feel lonely. And we all will continue to feel lonely sometimes. I think when we read about varied experiences it can be a way of using (Q2) __________________ to connect with each other. And that was really my hope with the book."


Different stories from different voices


The writers and stories in this collection are all very different. Some are tragic, such as the death of a loved one. While others are lighter, such as feeling alone at a Star Trek event. This variety is something Garrett wanted readers to also experience.


The book project was sold in 2019. And then COVID-19 spread around the world. Suddenly (Q3) ___________ became a part of nearly everyone's lives. People were separated from friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors.


At the same time, many people were forced to be around their (Q4) ______________________ all the time. For some, this led to a different kind of loneliness - a loneliness for oneself. The book The Lonely Stories also deals with the challenges of a lack of solitude, or as we often call it, alone time.


Garrett talked about the difference between loneliness and solitude.


"They're not the same. I, you know, I think of loneliness as feeling of lack. Solitude, I think, is chosen whereas loneliness happens to us."


A writer and a painter, Garrett found being in quarantine with her two young daughters both good and bad. She was able to spend much time with her family. But this also meant she did not have time to paint. When talking about the lack of time to herself, Garrett used the words "longing" and "crave" - both mean to deeply want something.


"During the pandemic, I really found myself longing for alone time. I have two small children. They're 9 and 11, and we were all quarantining at home together, which while joyful, I felt so often disconnected from myself and really craved more time to be with myself to have time to paint and sort of reconnect."


While most of the stories were written during the pandemic, only a few writers deal with the (Q5) __________ directly.


In the story "On Witness and Respair," Jesmyn Ward writes about her husband dying at the beginning of the pandemic. Her whole family caught what they thought was just a severe flu. Her husband did not survive.


In "Exodus, 2020," Emily Raboteau describes the emptying of a large apartment building where she lives in New York City. One by one, neighbors and friends left the city for safer places to live during the pandemic.


The loneliness of losing one's culture


Several writers describe the loneliness of leaving their culture.


Jhumpa Lahiri's "Trading Stories" is about her parents' struggle to fit into (Q6) ______________ and how that affected her life and work.


Writer Jean Kwok shares the experience of her family moving from Hong Kong to New York City. They lost everything: money, jobs, and more. In "Perpetual Foreigner," she wrote:


"But the heavier price was losing our language, our friends, our culture, and in some ways, one another."


Some of the writers wrote about choosing to be alone for personal or creative reasons and the challenges they faced.


In "Maine Man," Lev Grossman wrote about nearly losing his mind. While in his twenties, he chose to work on a book in a small town, isolated from other people.


In the story "Javelinas," Claire Dederer wrote about facing her (Q7) ____________________ during a period of solitude.


And in "Am I Still Here?" Anthony Doerr, a man addicted to the internet, wrote of his struggle to turn off social media and reconnect with nature and himself.


Dangers of loneliness


Loneliness is not just a mental state. It can also lead to serious (Q8) ________________________.


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute on Aging says that loneliness and isolation can be harmful for older people. Loneliness can lead to (Q9) _____________________, heart disease, depression, a decrease in mental abilities, and even death.


Younger people are not protected against the harm of loneliness either. Researchers at Harvard University have found that in the United States loneliness has increased in young adults and others since the beginning of the pandemic.


The Harvard study was released in February of 2021. It suggests that "36% of all Americans feel 'serious loneliness.'" This includes "61% of young adults and 51% of mothers with young children."


Garrett told VOA that sharing stories of loneliness is a way to bring attention to the problem and to feel connected to others.


"So, I'm really grateful that so many extraordinary writers joined me on this lonely journey and made it really unlonely! And my hope is that the book will remind us that we're not as alone as we think we are and (Q10) _______________________________."


And that's the Health & Lifestyle report. I'm Anna Matteo.


KEY 


Read the passage. Then listen to the news and fill in the blanks with the information (words, phrases or sentences) you hear.


From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.


In English, there is an expression that goes like this: (Q1) Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. It suggests that people do not want to share in the sadness of others.


But what if sharing our sadness actually helps us feel better? That was the goal of Natalie Eve Garrett when she thought of collecting stories about loneliness.


In the book, The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone, Garrett wanted to share personal stories of loneliness. Garrett said she hopes the stories give people suffering from loneliness comfort and perhaps even joy.


"I think we all have felt alone. We all feel lonely. And we all will continue to feel lonely sometimes. I think when we read about varied experiences it can be a way of using (Q2) loneliness and aloneness to connect with each other. And that was really my hope with the book."


Different stories from different voices


The writers and stories in this collection are all very different. Some are tragic, such as the death of a loved one. While others are lighter, such as feeling alone at a Star Trek event. This variety is something Garrett wanted readers to also experience.


The book project was sold in 2019. And then COVID-19 spread around the world. Suddenly (Q3) isolation became a part of nearly everyone's lives. People were separated from friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors.


At the same time, many people were forced to be around their (Q4) immediate families all the time. For some, this led to a different kind of loneliness - a loneliness for oneself. The book The Lonely Stories also deals with the challenges of a lack of solitude, or as we often call it, alone time.


Garrett talked about the difference between loneliness and solitude.


"They're not the same. I, you know, I think of loneliness as feeling of lack. Solitude, I think, is chosen whereas loneliness happens to us."


A writer and a painter, Garrett found being in quarantine with her two young daughters both good and bad. She was able to spend much time with her family. But this also meant she did not have time to paint. When talking about the lack of time to herself, Garrett used the words "longing" and "crave" - both mean to deeply want something.


"During the pandemic, I really found myself longing for alone time. I have two small children. They're 9 and 11, and we were all quarantining at home together, which while joyful, I felt so often disconnected from myself and really craved more time to be with myself to have time to paint and sort of reconnect."


While most of the stories were written during the pandemic, only a few writers deal with the (Q5) pandemic directly.


In the story "On Witness and Respair," Jesmyn Ward writes about her husband dying at the beginning of the pandemic. Her whole family caught what they thought was just a severe flu. Her husband did not survive.


In "Exodus, 2020," Emily Raboteau describes the emptying of a large apartment building where she lives in New York City. One by one, neighbors and friends left the city for safer places to live during the pandemic.


The loneliness of losing one's culture


Several writers describe the loneliness of leaving their culture.


Jhumpa Lahiri's "Trading Stories" is about her parents' struggle to fit into (Q6) a different culture and how that affected her life and work.


Writer Jean Kwok shares the experience of her family moving from Hong Kong to New York City. They lost everything: money, jobs, and more. In "Perpetual Foreigner," she wrote:


"But the heavier price was losing our language, our friends, our culture, and in some ways, one another."


Some of the writers wrote about choosing to be alone for personal or creative reasons and the challenges they faced.


In "Maine Man," Lev Grossman wrote about nearly losing his mind. While in his twenties, he chose to work on a book in a small town, isolated from other people.


In the story "Javelinas," Claire Dederer wrote about facing her (Q7) alcohol addiction during a period of solitude.


And in "Am I Still Here?" Anthony Doerr, a man addicted to the internet, wrote of his struggle to turn off social media and reconnect with nature and himself.


Dangers of loneliness


Loneliness is not just a mental state. It can also lead to serious (Q8) physical health problems.


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute on Aging says that loneliness and isolation can be harmful for older people. Loneliness can lead to (Q9) high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, a decrease in mental abilities, and even death.


Younger people are not protected against the harm of loneliness either. Researchers at Harvard University have found that in the United States loneliness has increased in young adults and others since the beginning of the pandemic.


The Harvard study was released in February of 2021. It suggests that "36% of all Americans feel 'serious loneliness.'" This includes "61% of young adults and 51% of mothers with young children."


Garrett told VOA that sharing stories of loneliness is a way to bring attention to the problem and to feel connected to others.


"So, I'm really grateful that so many extraordinary writers joined me on this lonely journey and made it really unlonely! And my hope is that the book will remind us that we're not as alone as we think we are and (Q10) we're not alone in feeling lonely."


And that's the Health & Lifestyle report. I'm Anna Matteo.


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  • 来源:刘立军 2022-06-21