The writer of the essay “How Not to Be Alone” is novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. The essay which was published in The New York Times is an adapted version of a speech Foer gave at Middlebury College in 2013.

Given that The New York Times is a worldwide influential American newspaper, this increases the credibility of the writer and the essay. Furthermore, the newspaper is known – and sometimes criticized—for having a liberal orientation.

When the essay was published in 2013, Jonathan Safran Foer was already a popular novelist. In the essay, Foer makes several references to himself and his experiences.

First of all, the writer begins the essay with a personal story which makes him appear honest and credible: “A couple of weeks ago, I saw a stranger crying in public. I was in Brooklyn’s Fort…” (ll. 2-3). The essay explores the negative conseque...

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