Silence : in the age of noise

by Kagge, Erling,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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What is silence?

Where can it be found?

Why is it now more important than ever?

In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book. an astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness--and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.

(With full-color photographs throughout.)
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In an increasingly cacophonous world, finding pockets of silence is nearly impossible. Background music is ubiquitous; pings and rings from phones interrupt family dinners; and trains, planes, and automobiles provide constant surround sound. For world-renowned adventurer Kagge, silence is not only essential for his solitary pursuits of the world's most inaccessible places but it is the impetus for those treks. Relying on his own experiences and appreciating the wisdom of great philosophers, Kagge analyzes three basic questions: What is silence? Where can it be experienced? Why is it important? Through 33 searing and soaring essays, Kagge endeavors to find the answers. For Kagge, silence is more than the absence of sound: it is the incubator for thought, the conscious eradication of external distraction, and the ability to live in one's own mind as fully as one lives in the physical world. Infused with powerfully evocative art and photographs that enhance his salient concepts, Kagge's treatise on this endangered commodity provides an intriguing meditation for mindful readers.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kagge (Under Manhattan), an explorer and publisher, provides 33 answers to three linked questions he poses to himself-"What is silence? Where is it? Why is it more important now than ever?"-in short, meditative essays. The book expands the concepts of silence and noise beyond their aural definitions and engages with modern culture's information overload, need for constant connection, and cult of busyness. Kagge draws on his experiences as an explorer, including a solo sojourn to the South Pole and a climb up the Williamsburg Bridge, and on more mundane experiences such as his daily commute. He also takes inspiration from famous people as various as Seneca, Kierkegaard, Elon Musk, and Rihanna. An intentionally scattershot bibliography ("an attempt at listing those sources I can easily recall") may frustrate those wishing to read further. Kagge writes accessibly and economically, supplementing the text with the occasional inclusion of art and photographs. He raises some intriguing ideas-regarding, for example, inequities in access to silence and the concept of silence as a luxury-that could benefit from more examination, but the format requires that he provide only minimal analysis. Great pleasure lies in Kagge's creative investigations. The reader leaves more mindful of the swirl of distraction present in everyday life. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Silence -- Meditations.
Noise -- Meditations.
Solitude -- Meditations.
Publisher New York :Pantheon Books,2017
Edition First American edition.
Other Titles Stillhet i støyens tid.
Contributors Crook, Becky L., translator.
Language English
Description 143 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN 9781524733230
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