Notes From Self-Imposed Siberian Exile

Book review: The Consolations of the Forest, by Sylvain Tesson (Amazon / Book Depository) I'd promised myself that before I turned forty I would live as a hermit deep in the woods. I wanted to settle an old score with time. French author Sylvain Tesson felt an itch familiar to many: to escape the stress... Continue Reading →

Reflective Writing on Solitude and Creativity

Book review: The Art of the Wasted Day, by Patricia Hampl Amazon If you're a "seeker" (and who, opening a book, is not?), isn't the open road the only way, paradoxically, to find the lost life of daydream where all the rest - wisdom, decency, generosity, compassion, joy, and plain honesty - are sequestered? If... Continue Reading →

The Complicated Necessity of Solitude

Book review: Journal of a Solitude, by May Sarton (Amazon / Book Depository) I am way outside somewhere in the wilderness. And it has been a long time of being in the wilderness. Writer May Sarton retreated to a cottage in New Hampshire for one year, where she holed up and wrote and confronted the seasons, both of the... Continue Reading →

Do You Ever Just Want to Be Left Alone?

Book review: The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel (Amazon / Book Depository) "How long," she asks, "have you been living in the woods?" "Decades," he says. Vance would prefer something more specific. "Since what year?" she presses. Once more with the years. He has made the decision to talk, and it's important to him to... Continue Reading →

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