Welcome to the Friendship Issue of the Highlight
Inside this issue: The state of American friendship, its radical power, and advice for small talk and making your social battery work for you, even if you’re an introvert.
Too many Americans live in places built for cars — not for human connection
How urban planning contributed to the great undoing of modern friendship.
How to make small talk when you hate small talk
In defense of the much-maligned conversational form.
The radical political power of friendship
It can help us push back against tyranny. Philosopher Hannah Arendt’s legendary cocktail parties were proof.
So you want to end a friendship. Here’s what to consider.
Platonic breakups can be just as painful as romantic ones.
Why friendship is different than any other relationship we have
As its role in society recedes, Vox asked six people to tell us why their friendship matters — and may just be the most meaningful relationship of their lives.
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