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Monthly Archives: June 2011

NYT article on “shyness”

Susan Cain writes an article titled “Shyness: An Evolutionary Tactic” (or the more tentative version of the title “Is Shyness an Evolutionary Tactic?”) in a recent edition of the New York Times. Shyness is here a synonym for introversion, which is examined as a means of observation and assessment by “sitters” versus the extrovert (“rovers”) […]

Wales hermit Neil Ansell

Wales Online reviews the book Deep County: Five Years in the Welsh Hills (2011) by Neil Ansell. Ansell spent 5 years as a hermit in Wales, and recounts the solitude, nature, and rural life. URL: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/need-to-read/2011/06/27/writer-relives-his-five-years-living-a-hermit-s-life-in-rural-wales-91466-28944919/ Another source is this Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/27/neil-ansell-my-life-as-hermit

Alec Soth’s “Broken Manual”

Alec Soth is a Minneapolis photographer and publisher of Broken Manual, a collection of documentary photographs which, as its Vimeo preview puts it, investigates the places in which people retreat to escape civilization. Soth photographs monks, survivalists, hermits and runaways, but this isn’t a conventional documentary book on life “off the grid.” Instead, working with […]

“Somewhere to Disappear” film

A forthcoming film titled Somewhere to Disappear is an hour-long documentary about contemporary American hermits in mountains, caves, and deserts. The film website includes a trailer, plus Facebook and Twitter links for keeping up-to-date on screenings. Brought to our attention by a friend of Hermitary. URLs: website – http://www.somewheretodisappearthefilm.com/ trailer also on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/23007373