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Monday, April 17, 2017

The New Yorker: It remains an essential paradox of the city -- that a place with so many people living so close together can also be so isolating. This is one of the phenomena that the photographer Peter Garritano hoped to explore in Seeking, a series of portraits of New Yorkers who have posted advertisements in the Strictly Platonic personals section of Craigslist. The world has acclimated to the fact that people might go online to find a mate, but there are few avenues to find friends, perhaps because friendship is not always acknowledged as something that people have to go out in search of. "We already know everyone's looking for love," Garritano told me in an e-mail. "I'm more concerned with our social requirements beyond romance."




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Garritano's portraits seem to acknowledge that it is an act of bravery, especially in America's feel-good, can-do culture, to admit that you might be lonely, although, of course, many people feel that way. "I'm just a bit lonely tonight and looking to hang"; "Just bored"; "just want to meet cool people that are fun and down to earth," his subjects write. "I really don't like to be alone, but I hate even more the fact that I can do something about it and still choose not to." There are hundreds of Strictly Platonic ads on Craigslist, and when Garritano met with his subjects he often asked if they had received responses to their listings. Most of them had.


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Use the internet less, go out more. Get a hobby, meet people in said hobby, become friends based on a mutual interest. It's easy.

#1 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-17 03:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Volunteer, or better yet--volunteer at your place of worship. I know two couples who met and married after meeting each other at builds for Habitat for Humanity...

#2 | Posted by catdog at 2017-04-17 04:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Urbanization is nothing more than consolidation of power.

It is not in the human condition to be caged but that is the outcome of Urbanization, less freedom, less privacy, more crime.

But it does make product distribution much less expensive so suck it up.

#3 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-04-17 04:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"less freedom, less privacy, more crime."

As proven by the rapidly falling crime rate in the expanding urban centers?

How are city folk less free than country folk?

I'll give you less private but I'll give up a little privacy for all the things I gain by having all the extra things at arms reach that your "freedom" requires you to drive a couple hours to see. I say I have a lot more freedom than someone outside the city. There is nothing you can do in the country that you can't do in the city but there are lots of things you can do in the city that you can only read about in the country

#4 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-17 04:58 PM | Reply

"There is nothing you can do in the country that you can't do in the city "

Have a decent size garden.
Have live stock.
Grill or smoke a cigar on the back porch without getting a ticket.
Have a dog not on a leash.
Shoot vermin instead of running from them.
Privacy can not be understated.
People in the country tend to know their neighbors and run off the riff-raff.

However, living outside the city does come with it's draw backs. I do have to drive 15 minutes for a movie or decent Chinese food.

#6 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-04-17 06:26 PM | Reply

This place proves that people are lonely.

#7 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-04-17 07:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I live in a city going through gentrification next to Los Angeles.

Open skies have turned into buildings.

Open areas have turned into multipurpose buildings.

crime is up, so they reclassified crime.

Prisons are full so they let out the convicts instead of building more prisons.

Too many cars, so the city raises taxes for public transportation then allows Uber to defeat the purpose of public transportation.

People building oversized homes for Air BnB or flipping changing the neighborhood complexion.

Property crime is rising.

But I can walk to the beach or downtown in 20 minutes.

I want the open space back...

#8 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-04-17 08:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I want the open space back...



#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-04-17 08:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You don't seem to understand. maybe because of age or arrogance, I don't know.

The more condensed we are the less representation we have.

Why would you want taxation without true representation?

Isn't that the battle cry of Hillary's Loss.

She won the majority but lost the electoral.

Don't let my fortune cloud your stupidity...

#10 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-04-18 12:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Only losers on Craigslist. Meetup is where you should be finding friends with mutual interests., at least.

#11 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-04-18 02:11 AM | Reply

This place proves that people are lonely.


I've been hurt before. I am starting to doubt that you really are a 28 yr old ------ truck driving ballerina.

Anyway, when i'm really hurting, I go hang out on the nooner.

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-04-18 06:55 AM | Reply

Open skies have turned into buildings.

from 'The Last Resort - Eagles'
Some rich men came and raped the land,
Nobody caught 'em
Put up a bunch of ugly boxes,
and Jesus people bought 'em
'nd they called it paradise
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun, sinking in the sea

Who will provide the grand design?
What is yours and what is mine?
'Cause there is no more new frontier
We have got to make it here

We satisfy our endless needs and
justify our bloody deeds,
in the name of destiny
and in the name of God

And you can see them there,
On Sunday morning
They stand up and sing about
what it's like up there
They call it paradise
I don't know why
You call someplace paradise,
kiss it goodbye

#13 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-04-18 07:10 AM | Reply

"I've been hurt before. I am starting to doubt that you really are a 28 yr old ------ truck driving ballerina.

This is BS. RCade promised my secrets would be safe here.

#14 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-04-18 12:51 PM | Reply

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