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Solitude : in pursuit of a singular life in a crowded world
Solitude : in pursuit of a singular life in a crowded world
Harris, Michael, 1980- , author.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017.

Physical Description:
xiii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
"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.
The dark-born magic -- The uses of solitude -- All together now -- What is solitude for? -- Bolt from the blue -- The wandering mind -- Daydream destroyers -- Who do you think you are? -- Style -- You have to taste this -- Stranger in a strange land -- A walk in the wilds -- Knowing others -- Social stories -- Love letters -- The failing body -- The cabin in the woods.
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