I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
Carl [Sagan] wanted us to see ourselves not as the failed clay of a disappointed Creator but as starstuff, made of atoms forged in the fiery hearts of distant stars.
Last summer, the photographer Alec Soth and the writer Brad Zellar traveled throughout Colorado, meeting hundreds of people and detailing the trivial, riveting moments of their lives. The aim of their long-term project was to capture “both the humanity and banality of the American continent”: http://nyr.kr/1ho91L3
Courtesy of Alec Soth/Magnum.