John Cacioppo says that loneliness is a signal as fundamental to our well-being as hunger and thirst. Robert Kull chose to live completely alone off the coast of Chile for a year. Bill Friskics-Warren conducts a quick trip through some classic songs of loneliness. Thomas Dumm thinks a lonely society can be a dangerous one. Kathleen Norris describes Acedia, a kind of frantic escapism and aversion to other people.
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How does creative work get done? When the answer finally comes to a question that's dogged you for weeks or years, where is it coming from?
In this special hour, Nathan Englander - acclaimed novelist, short story writer, playwright - is our guest producer.