Vivian Gornick

According to Vivian Gornick, "there are two types of friendships: those in which people encourage each other and those in which people must be encouraged to be together. In the first category, you make time to see each other; in the second, you find a gap in the schedule." And with this, she speaks of 'the friendship cycle,' to refer to the maintenance of friendships. It would be something like this: after a date with a friend, how long does it take before you want to see him/her again? And how long does it take before you finally see each other? The time it takes for that to happen may give you a clue as to what adjective your friendship deserves. Gornick talks about it in The Singular Woman and the City: "Leonard and I consider ourselves close friends because our cycle only takes a week to complete."
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April 2021