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Monthly Archives: May 2009

40-day museum hermit

Ansuman Biswas has been selected by the Manchester (UK) Museum as its “hermit” in residence for a 40-day period, June 27 to August 5. Buswas will be alone and in silence in the Museum’s tower, functioning as “living art” among the 4+ million pieces in the collection of the Museum. A museum spokeswoman said: “By […]

Tenzin Palmo today

A Guardian interview of Tenzin Palmo, the English-born Buddhist nun in Tibetan tradition. The colorful title is “I Spent Twelve Years in a Cave.” Her story is an enduring (and endearing) one, made familiar in the biography Path in the Snow, by Vicki Mackenzie. Tenzin Palmo founded the Dongyo Datsal Ling Nunnery, which is the […]

Pete Seeger: hermit honesty

American folk singer Pete Seeger, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, tells a Voice of America News interviewer of a youthful desire built of rebellion: As a teenager, Seeger says, he didn’t aspire to music, but to live in the woods. “I said I’m going to be a hermit. That’s the only way you can […]

Promoting silence

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton is trying to designate Hoh Rain Forest (in the Olympic National Park in Washington State) the first National Quiet Place in the U.S. Hempton is touring the country promoting his book, “One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World.” From an article in The […]