Forever is a Long Time

Ian Coss

A series of songs and conversations about every marriage in one man’s family that ended in divorce — which is most of them.

  • 32 minutes 10 seconds
    Part 5: Aunt Rari

    My aunt Rari divorced her husband so completely and so long ago that I don’t even know the man’s name. She tells me that story and about the life she built without him. It makes me contemplate the value of a life spent alone — but also of lifelong companionship.

    5 August 2021, 4:33 am
  • 29 minutes 35 seconds
    Part 4: Uncle Eric

    Most divorces in my family bring some sense of relief. It may take three years to get there, or it may take thirty years, but once it’s over, it feels pretty clear that this is for the best. But it’s not so clear for my Uncle Eric’s relationship.

    5 August 2021, 4:22 am
  • 32 minutes 4 seconds
    Part 3: Aunt Mia and Uncle Paul

    The idea of a lifetime commitment can feel impossible, when it can still fall apart in year 20, or year 30, or 35. My own parents’ marriage never made it that far, but some of my aunts and uncles did, only to find that after all those years, they too were better off apart.

    5 August 2021, 4:15 am
  • 35 minutes 28 seconds
    Part 2: My Grandmother, Marianne

    My grandmother never sent presents for birthdays or holidays, and didn't expect us to either. She seemed to resist anything that felt like authority, convention and tradition; which is why it's so strange that she was once married to my grandfather — a Harvard-educated lawyer.

    5 August 2021, 4:09 am
  • 31 minutes 50 seconds
    Part 1: My Parents, Ellen and Tom

    My parents divorced when I was eight years old — young enough that I don’t have a lot of clear memories of it, but old enough that I was definitely watching, listening, and learning. So I asked them both to tell me what happened, and got two pretty different stories. 

    5 August 2021, 4:00 am
  • 3 minutes 30 seconds
    Trailer: "Forever is a Long Time"

    When I decided to get married, every living member of my family who had ever been married had also gotten divorced. Apparently, I thought my marriage would end differently.

    26 July 2021, 4:00 am
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