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Listening Below the Noise by Anne D. LeClaire
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Oct 17, 2009

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Having already so many books on this topic, but a big proponent of silence, I expected to quickly (and quietly?) breeze through this one and write it off as just another flaky new age treatise. But I was pleasantly suprised when it turned out to be more than that. The author is not some self-appointed guru but instead a writer who inhabits an ordinary world wrought with activity and noise who chose to explore her inner life by being silent every other Monday. She herself is suprised by all that it brings up, both in her and in others, but she welcomes the fear, discomforts and familial dysfunctions that arise and finds herself sustained and invigorated by silence and solitude. She writes that Americans too often suffer from the illusion that nothing important is happening unless it's accompanied by a great deal of noise. But in reality, as the Swiss philosopher Max Picard wrote in 1948, "Nothing has changed the nature of man so much as the loss of silence." A wonderful study on the idea that if you can sit still, so much comes to you....

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