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Forum from the Archives: Jennifer Senior on the Fragility of Friendship

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“Modern life conspires against friendship,” says Atlantic staff writer Jennifer Senior, “even as it requires the bonds of friendship all the more.” That’s one of the paradoxes at the center of Senior’s new piece “It’s Your Friends Who Break Your Heart” — a meditation on why friendships fade and collapse and why in midlife those losses sting particularly hard. We’ll talk to Senior about how at 52 she’s navigating what she calls a “Great Pandemic Friendship Reckoning” and what it means to overcome the heartbreak of a lost friend.

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This segment originally aired Feb. 9.


Jennifer Senior, staff writer, The Atlantic. Her new story is "It's Your Friends Who Break Your Heart"


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