Of interest because of its themes of solitude and eremitism is a music program reviewed by the New York Times under the tile “Exploring Solitude, With the Help of Others.” The program by pianist and baritone Julie and Nathan Gunn, including choreography and visual projection, featured Olivier Messiaen piano works, Samuel Barber’s “Hermit Songs,” and Frank Ferko’s “Five Songs on Poems of Thomas Merton.”
Perhaps a classic case of society versus individual is represented in this news article titled “Hermit Battles to Save His Hut,” about a man whom local city authorities wish to evict from a parcel of land on the outskirts of Cotswald, Brimpsfield near Birdlip, England. The man describes his makeshift home as “Hermit’s Corner” and is in trouble ostensibly for specific infractions of code. The authorities apparently want to oust him altogether. Interesting comments from readers, too.
And the district council’s decision was against the “hermit.” URL: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=231771
The theme of the Spring 2008 issue of the magazine <i>Parabola</i> is silence. Articles describe silence in varous spiritual traditions, from Judaism, Sufism, Taoism, Quakerism, Buddhism, etc. Includes a feature article accessible online. Thanks to a friend of Hermitary for bringing it to our attention.