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There is a you
telling you another story of you.
Listen to her.
The Irish writer and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s poem ‘How to Be Alone’ (also styled as ‘How to
Belong Be Alone’) packages some practical advice for approaching life – in moments and over the decades – into some very eloquent stanzas. This animated treatment, which sees Ó Tuama narrating and the animator Leo G Franchi providing visuals, uses a cool colour palette and a style emulating a collage of paper cut-outs to draw out the poem’s gentle and tactile qualities. The resulting short is a brief yet powerful reminder of how to find comfort in one’s own company.
Consciousness and altered states
You need to make friends with pain to run through the Grand Canyon and back
Values and beliefs
How a God-fearing Jewish woman found atheism – and bacon – in her later years
War and peace
Before he leaves to go to war, Artem, 18, says goodbye to the man who raised him
A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism
A son of China’s former one-child policy remembers the sibling he never had
A harrowing account of a 1970 ‘leadership seminar’ spotlights self-help’s dark side
Beauty and aesthetics
For Ruskin, words couldn’t capture nature’s palette. So here it is in black and white
Wry animations expose the gap between anxious aspiration and real life
Mood and emotion
Alone on a small island in Belgrade, a father grieves his daughter in quiet solitude