In Pursuit of A Singular Life in A Crowded World

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition
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"Today, society embraces sharing like never before. Fueled by our dependence on mobile devices and social media, we have created an ecosystem of obsessive connection. Many of us now lead lives of strangely crowded isolation: we are always linked, but only shallowly so. The capacity to be alone, properly alone, is one of life's subtlest skills. Real solitude is a powerful resource we can call upon―a crucial ingredient for a rich interior life. It inspires reflection, allows creativity to flourish, and improves our relationships with ourselves and, unexpectedly, with others. Idle hands can, in fact, produce the extraordinary. In living bigger and faster, we have forgotten the joys of silence, and undervalued how profoundly it can revolutionize our lives. This book is about discovering stillness inside the city, inside the crowd, inside our busy lives. With wit and energy, award-winning author Michael Harris weaves captivating true stories with reporting from the world's foremost brain researchers, psychologists, and tech entrepreneurs to guide us toward a state of measured connectivity that balances quiet and companionship.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250088604 (hardcover)
1250088607 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 155.92 HAR
Characteristics: xiii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Carr, Nicholas G. 1959-


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Jan 11, 2018

Clever writing. Fairly well researched. Definitely worth the read. If you (like me) are something of a hermit, this will help you consider how you are spending your downtime. I appreciate the author's use of personal anecdotes-they keep the text moving along without getting overly chatty. I'll be purchasing a copy for my personal library.


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