The Opposite of Loneliness

by Marina Keegan

“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.”

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One Million Page Princess

December 9th, 2014

One Million Page Princess

December 9th, 2014

Marina Keegan had just graduated magna cum laude from Yale. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival, and a prestigious job waiting for her after graduation at the New Yorker. She had a loving family, a wonderful boyfriend and group of friends, and a body of work that at only 22 would make most writer’s in their 50’s jealous. Tragically, five days after graduation, (not due to speed, drugs or alcohol) Marina died in a car crash. This collection of short stories and essays was carefully selected and organized by her┬áprofessors, family and friends to be published posthumously.

Read it. Just read it. Keep in mind all of this was written before she was only 22, so some of it does come across as simply the best piece of writing in an undergrad writing class, but that’s because it was. Try to look past that to see the incredible young talent of an incredible young woman, and if you’re a writer yourself then you should probably prepare to be inspired.

Bravo Ms. Keegan. I am so sorry your life was cut short. We can never understand why things unfold as they do. They just do, and we all try our best to make sense of it. Thank you for reminding me how precious life is, and to give presence to what I have today, in this moment.

“We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time.” – Marina Keegan

 

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