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Quiet by Susan Cain
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May 26, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012


Just read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, (2012) by Susan Cain, Crown Publishers.

I liked this book, and why not -- an in-depth defense of people like me! Although I confess, I never thought that introverts would need to be explained to extroverts. I thought we were self-evident, and it was the other, noisy, dominant half of the world that was inexplicable. (They still are.) It possibly needs a companion volume -- Noisy: the hegemony of people with nothing helpful to say who still won't shut up, or something. (Cue reality TV, talk radio, and horrible crush parties with loud music, where you couldn't hear anyone even if they were interesting.) Anyway.

This made a curious juxtaposition with my last-read book Fossil Horses. MacFadden, a scientist, argued like a scientist; Cain, a lawyer, argues like a lawyer. I discern the differences even as I appreciate the advocacy. Cain develops her case through illustrative anecdotes, and references to science, psychology, and history as needed. Very readable. I confess, I hadn't thought of extroversion as the American cultural ideal, even as I have witnessed plenty of the cited behaviors. My world tends to be divided practically into "people who read" and "everybody else", which cuts unevenly across the extrovert/introvert divide, with the obvious bias.

I sort of want to go out and press this book upon "everybody else", but one sees the inherent problem with that. I hope its message can cut through the noise somehow, nonetheless.


Ta, L.

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Leigh Heh. Shutting up is a life-long goal for me, one I rarely achieve. Though interesting things invariably result when I do achieve it.

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