My Friend, My Self: concentrating on female friendship, the stories in this essay for Aeon Magazine’s Psyche issue reveal how complicated and vulnerable people can be and teach us how we must nurture and attend to our friends — and ourselves.

“A few years ago, a curator I know professionally invited me to Arizona to give a lecture. The talk would be in Phoenix and we would stay at her house in Tucson. The invitation made me nervous – not due to the public speaking, or the fact I was travelling to a part of the United States that I had not been to before, but because it would involve several two-hour car journeys with somebody I didn’t know well.”   Read more