Loneliness Makes Us Nostalgic For A Past That Never Existed

Every generation idealizes the past, yearning for more connection and community.

Excerpted from Seek You by Kristen Radtke. Copyright © 2021 by Kristen Radtke. Excerpted by permission of Pantheon. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

KRISTEN RADTKE is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This. The recipient of a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Radtke is the art director and deputy publisher of the Believer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Marie Claire, the Atlantic, the Guardian, GQ, Vogue, and Oxford American, among many other publications.

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