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Surviving a Year Without Touch

I live alone. It’s been a very long year.

Illustration of a person dressed in winter clothes walking alone on the sidewalk with swan necks silhouetting in the foreground.
Illustration by Derek Abella for GEN

It has been one year since I’ve been properly hugged. I have never been a casual hugger, and yet it was this fact I kept coming back to as we approached the first anniversary of the pandemic. Or, rather, the fact kept coming back to me, swinging in like a wrecking ball, bringing with it the reality that I have had to survive 12 months of…

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Glynnis MacNicol

Glynnis MacNicol

Glynnis MacNicol is a writer and author of the memoir NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

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