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Jakarta Post

Essay: The Art of Loneliness

  • Sebastian Partogi

  /   Mon, April 15 2019   /  03:22 am

I tell you I’m just a lonesome babe in the wood / so lady be good to me / oh please have some pity / I am all alone in this big city(“Oh Lady be Good”, written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, popularized by Ella Fitzgerald)A friend of mine was heartbroken. A male friend she met at her office, with whom she had been close for several years and for whom she had been developing special feelings, had to leave Indonesia to work in a faraway foreign country. This man also recently committed himself to a romantic relationship with another woman, thus crushing my friend’s hopes for any kind of romantic involvement with him.She confessed that having worked for several years at a multinational company, she found it hard to connect with her colleagues. Being an introspective, intelligent woman, she finds her colleagues’ small talk tedious. She also went through a series of problems a...