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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cain on creativity

Susan Cain, author of the forthcoming book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, has published an article titled “The Rise of the New Groupthink” in a recent issue of the New York Times. The article looks at how creativity is best expressed in school and work settings that safeguard […]

Essays of interest

Eric S. Fallick offers several essays on Platonism and Platonic-inspired interpretations at his website “Essays and Translations.” Of relevance to eremitism are “A Few Thoughts on Renunciation,” “The Practice of Contemplation,” “An Excerpt from Damascius’ Life of Isidore/The Philosophic History,” about a pre-Christian Greek renunciant, and “Homer on the Limitations of Institutionalized Monasticism: The Aeolus […]

Iyer on quiet

In a New York Times article titled “The Joy of Quiet” writer Pico Iyer reflects on solitude and alone-time in contemporary U.S. society. Here is a representative quote: The urgency of slowing down — to find the time and space to think — is nothing new, of course, and wiser souls have always reminded us […]

Zuloaga’s “Anchorite”

“The Anchorite” of Zuloaga seems entirely 17th century Velasquez, with the elongated human figure, and the whirlwind of sky and dwarfed town like the latter’s famous Toledo. But the artist is Ignacio Zuloaga, who painted it in 1907. Zuloaga did make Velaquez his earliest subject of study. The landscape has become an odd counterpart to […]