Remember the expression, "lonely in a crowd"? Manhattan is the perfect place to experience it. The other day I was walking on Sixth Avenue, which is a street that always gives me the creeps. It's a forbidding corridor of glass skyscrapers that looms on as far as you can see. That day horns were blaring, and sirens wailing; hundreds of strangers intent on getting somewhere were streaming past me -- and I was a stranger streaming past them. Our heads were down, no eye contact, no connection. Each of us, foreigners to one another, were isolated in our fortress of self. Lonely in a crowd!
Then someone called "Barbara!" I stopped and looked around. Oh! There was Walter, whom I adore and whom I hadn't seen in ages. He said, "Where are you going so fast, I almost missed you." Instantly, I was out of my fortress and connecting with the world again. Walter looked great, he'd lost weight, had new wire glasses, and was wearing a stylish black trench coat. We chatted a while and then hugged and agreed to have dinner soon.
To read the rest of Barbara Feldon's essay visit her ArtistShare Audiobook Project by clicking here.
Barbara Feldon, formerly known as Agent 99 from the 1960s television series "Get Smart," has just launched an ArtistShare project in which she will be creating an audio version of her book "Living Alone and Loving It." By participating in the project fans will have access not only to Barbara's audiobook but expository essays, interviews, video, photos and much much more. To celebrate Barbara's project, ArtistShare will be releasing one chapter of the book for one day each month for fans to listen to for free. Chapter 1 will be streamed on the “Living Alone and Loving It” project page on Wednesday May 12, 2010 all day.