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{COLUMNIST} DANIEL BARNES

Daniel Barnes has a day job as a philosopher and art critic, but his social life is a one-man mission to explore the depths and excesses of 21st-century gay life. This column offers a glimpse into his misadventures, such as The Time I Preferred Old Friends...

I started writing this column with the intention of documenting my efforts to form friendships with people I do not have sex with. As it turns out, I am shocking at making friends, but I did manage to get a boyfriend (who I do have sex with), so all is not lost. That boyfriend – the hairdresser, for those of you who have been following – has recently decided that we need friends, specifically a couple with whom we can do middleaged, middle-class things like chortle at Radio 4, talk about property and have brunch with in Islington. But we disagree because I think I already have old friends whom I like a very great deal.

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