Best-selling memoirist Marya Hornbacher has laid herself bare in multiple riveting accounts of her struggles with eating disorders, mental illness, and addiction. 2paragraphs asked her to write about privacy.
E. M. Forster wrote, “Only connect.” We connect through our stories. We tell one another stories in order to learn about and strengthen the substance of connection between selves, to learn about our common denominators, about the places where we intersect—and it’s at that site of intersection where we are no longer alone. The whole endeavor of telling stories or cobbling together any kind of art hinges on this: we must connect with the person who encounters our work. If we fail in that, we fail at the project of creating connections across the span of separate selves. If we succeed, we have done at least that element of our job.