The hottest Friendship Substack posts right now

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Patti Smith • 14996 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye enjoyed a day together in the city, reminiscing about past performances and exploring the neighborhood.
  2. They watched the movie Poor Things in an old-fashioned theater, appreciating the cinematography and performances.
  3. Their friendship spans over half a century, highlighting the value of long-lasting friendships.
Culture Study • 7244 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. Friendship used to be considered a vital part of life through history, becoming sidelined as marriage took priority in emotional connections.
  2. Modern ideals often emphasize a spouse also being a 'best friend', impacting how friendships are valued and maintained.
  3. Cultural norms and societal structures make it challenging to prioritize and nurture friendships over traditional family setups, but it's about understanding the possibilities and taking steps towards meaningful platonic connections.
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thestoa • 727 implied HN points • 13 Jan 24
  1. Approach the 'coach industrial complex' with cynicism and criticism due to toxic positivity and overpromising.
  2. There is a market demand for 'space holders' like coaches, therapists, and philosophical counselors.
  3. The coach industrial complex has the potential to improve interpersonal skills and lead to widespread positive regard without the need for paid services.
SBJournal • 491 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Debi faced unexpected challenges when she was cut from the dancing schedule after years of service.
  2. Debi's life took a drastic turn, including getting married and dealing with a tragic event involving her friends.
  3. The narrator, feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities, finally reaches a breaking point and realizes the need for a major change.
The Shift With Sam Baker • 379 implied HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. The post is a weekly roundup featuring interesting articles on various topics like moving on from chapters in life, divorce stories, resilience, friendships, and interviews with experts.
  2. The content includes thought-provoking pieces on caregiving expectations, being an old friend, and insightful discussions on marriage, divorce, and aging.
  3. The subscribers get access to a curated collection of readings on diverse subjects, as well as exclusive content reserved for paid subscribers.
The Commonplace • 393 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Twin vocations can complement each other well, benefiting both the individual and their families.
  2. Building connections with others is crucial, especially in solitary work, as digital connections can't replace in-person friendships.
  3. Progress in work is made through daily consistency, even if the results may seem unimpressive at first.
Opaque Hourglass • 339 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. Willie created 'The Egypt Test' to analyze personalities based on initial responses like 'Pyramids' or 'The Nile'.
  2. The test results in categories like those partial to artifice and geometry, or favoring nature and the organic.
  3. The narrator was unique as they couldn't choose between 'Pyramids' or 'The Nile', leading Willie to acknowledge their ability to see beyond dualities.
backstory • 290 implied HN points • 03 Feb 24
  1. The author shares a personal story about the challenges of finding and enjoying alcohol in South Sudan
  2. The story highlights the cultural experiences, friendships, and adventures that come with seeking a specific type of drink
  3. Through encounters with different people and places, the narrative reveals the complexities and dangers of alcohol consumption in a rural setting
Flagging Down the Double E's • 786 implied HN points • 15 Oct 23
  1. Peggi Blu had a personal and musical connection with Bob Dylan, singing duets and background vocals for him.
  2. Despite their close friendship, Peggi Blu kept Bob Dylan's personal life private, including his marriage to Carolyn Dennis.
  3. Bob Dylan enjoyed singing with backing singers like Peggi Blu, creating harmonious and enjoyable performances.
Sour Milk • 294 implied HN points • 21 Jan 24
  1. Mike Perry was a respected surfboard shaper, writer, and meteorologist who passed away after battling cancer
  2. Perry was remembered as a loyal friend who taught important life lessons by example
  3. He had a profound impact on those around him and left a lasting legacy in the surfing community
Passing Time • 502 implied HN points • 26 Nov 23
  1. The post describes a Thanksgiving climbing adventure with a friend, starting before dawn.
  2. The writer expresses gratitude for family, friends, work, and the opportunities from the climbing project.
  3. The climbing partner is praised for being a skilled teacher, outdoor enthusiast, and good friend.
The Novelleist • 1281 implied HN points • 27 Apr 23
  1. Internet friends can understand us in a unique way through our shared interests and writings.
  2. Finding 'our people' who truly know and connect with us can be challenging in real-life friendships.
  3. The online community can offer a space for meaningful connections that resonate deeply with us, potentially even more than some real-life friendships.
Evil Witches Newsletter • 1041 implied HN points • 07 Jul 23
  1. Making friends as an adult can be challenging, especially after significant life changes.
  2. Factors like changing relationship with alcohol, lack of time for social activities, and difficulty connecting at kid-focused events can impact adult friendships.
  3. Tips for building friendships include staying in touch, setting reasonable goals, and embracing vulnerability.
Trantor Publishing • 199 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. Having superpowers doesn't necessarily bring happiness, and living a numb life can lead to a loss of perspective and appreciation for the world.
  2. Friendship and companionship, even in difficult circumstances, can provide a sense of connection and support during tough times.
  3. Freedom and choice, while liberating, also bring their own challenges and responsibilities, shaping the paths individuals take.
Data People Etc. • 106 implied HN points • 08 Mar 24
  1. Founding a company is about more than just getting rich; it can be driven by a deeper desire for meaning and friendship.
  2. The story of James and the Giant Peach suggests that entrepreneurs may be seeking to fill emotional voids through their ventures.
  3. Loneliness and personal pain may be key motivators for individuals to embark on entrepreneurial journeys.
Opaque Hourglass • 239 implied HN points • 01 Jan 24
  1. Expressing complex thoughts or feelings can be challenging, especially when others may not understand.
  2. Articulating your viewpoints through writing can help clarify your ideas and potentially facilitate better communication with others.
  3. Seeking to convey deeper meanings behind your beliefs or emotions, even if not fully reciprocated, can lead to a sense of connection and understanding.
Supernuclear • 550 implied HN points • 21 Jul 23
  1. Living near friends or family can greatly impact your happiness, especially if they're happy too.
  2. Proximity matters - the closer your friends are, the more likely you are to be happy.
  3. Emotional states can be contagious, and surrounding yourself with happy people can positively influence your own emotional well-being.