The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED)

: Pico Iyer
: Hardcover
: 9781471138867
: 1471138860
: 22 Oct, 2018
: Simon & Schuster
: Simon & Schuster
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A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay "The Joy of Quiet", "The Art of Stillness" considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. Why would a man who seems able to go everywhere and do anything - like the inter-national heartthrob and Rock'n Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen choose to spend years sitting still and going nowhere? What can nowhere offer that no anywhere can match? And why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room and getting to know the seasons and landscapes of Nowhere might be the ultimate adventure? In this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many have found richness in stillness and what - from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck - they've gained there.

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