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Having a New Relationship to Your Obsessions: Welcome to the Guest House

Imagine that your mind is a house in the woods, you are all alone and there is a guest that shows up uninvited. In the past you have been irritable with guests, angry that anyone would disturb your well-earned solitude. You have yelled at visitors to "GO AWAY" so that you can be alone. But visitors seem to pass on the road where you live. They ignore your no-trespassing sign.

Self-Reliance: An Introduction to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Image by Munroe The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. -- ?Ralph Waldo Emerson When I attended high school in Germany, I was deterred by philosophy's complex logic. Show More Summary

Hero cat saves life of baby abandoned in the freezing cold.

2 weeks agoOdd : Happy Place

A communal cat that survives on the attentions of local residents in Obninsk, Russia returned the favor by saving one of their own. Underneath this rundown car is our hero cat's version of the Fortress of Solitude. (via) Masha the long-haired red tabby was found by Irna Lavora meowing in a box. Show More Summary

Annoyed at the 'New Yorker' Online

It is 4 a.m. and I am annoyed, when instead I should be enjoying the quietness and solitude of insomnia. Having tip-toed out of the bedroom, joints cracking while clutching in the dark for my book, I have settled by the warm embers of...Show More Summary

VICE INTL: Subtropical Solitude

78-year-­old Masafumi Nagasaki is the sole resident of a tropical island located at the southern tip of Okinawa, Japan. He would rather obey the demands of nature than of another person, which is what led him to escape civilization and live on Sotobanari Island. We decided to go and find out exactly what kind of lifestyle he's leading, and why he chooses not to wear clothes.

Leaving It All Behind: 2014’s Literary Trend Toward Solitude as Feminist Statement

There’s a section of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre that often gets glossed over in discussion, in favor of the novel’s central gothic romance. After Jane realizes her intended, Mr. Rochester, is a bigamist, with a mad wife in the attic, she runs away. Show More Summary

Days of Silence and Reading

I long for days of silence and reading but too many of them would either diminish their appeal or foster a dangerous solitude. That's why it is important to get out among 'em. Besides that, people are novels.

Wendell Berry on Solitude and Why Pride and Despair Are the Two Great Enemies of Creative Work

last monthOdd : Brain Pickings

"True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible... In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

The Fine Art Of Solitude

2 months agoOdd : Thought Catalog

As you wake up from a deep slumber, you think to yourself why is it that a lot of people tell you that one of the worst things in life is waking up alone.

12 Homes for People Who Never Want Visitors

2 months agoOdd : Weird Worm

Sometimes, solitude is an absolute delight. It’s okay to be social and friendly most of the time, but now and then you just want to have some time to yourself. And let’s not even get started on the whole concept of people dropping by...Show More Summary

How to Be Alone: 14 Quips and Tips

I wasn't so sure I would appreciate a book called "How to Be Alone" – I love my solitude and hardly need lessons. It turns out, though, that Sara Maitland's book is filled with great insights and perspectives. Here are a few of my favorites. read more

Our Walls

A wall is more likely to keep out a saint than a villain. Comfort can be found in solitude but eventually you'll have a poor companion. Many who build walls don't realize they're in the bricks and mortar business. Walls can provide you with time to think while your adversaries search for ladders.

For Introverts: How To Manage Your Overwhelming Social Calendar

Being an introvert need not relegate you to a life of solitude. A vibrant social life that fits your personality and honors your brain chemistry is well within reach. These are the rules Tyler Tervooren follows, and they keep this sensitive...Show More Summary

The Solitude Of Space Exploration Should Be Turned Into A Tablet Game

Video: There might not be anything more awesome than going to space. It’s an incredible achievement and the idea of exploring the unknown is fascinating. But as this short animation called Solus by Zac Dixon for Identity Visuals shows, it can get quite lonely. Watch it, it’s nearly as good as any feature. More »      

Ultra Luxury Bathroom Inspiration

Perhaps more than any other room in the house, the bathroom is a private retreat. It is a place where we perform important daily rituals and where we take the time to truly indulge ourselves with the wonderful luxury of solitude. The bathrooms collected here use their own design elements but have the luxury factor […]

Superman Symbol Letterman Jacket

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : GeekAlerts

Be too cool for school in this Superman Symbol Letterman Jacket. With this jacket you will look like you attend the University of Solitude learning how to fly and shoot X-ray vision from your eyes. This jacket is made from 60% cotton and 40% polyester. It features the famous symbol for the House of El! […]

Nico: These Days

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Nico's version of "These Days" is the perfect fall song. It's the kind of music best listened to in solitude, sipping tea and contemplating failure and the nagging sense of unspecific loss that accompanies the passage of time and the change to a chillier season. Read more...

White Noise on White Noise

“In the silence, there is solitude. In the solitude, there is silence. This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature.” Don DeLillo, author of White Noise, “reviews“ Taylor Swift‘s white noise for The […]

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude

3 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

"These days, you see a kid lying on his back and looking blank and you begin to wonder what’s wrong with him. There’s nothing wrong with him, except he’s thinking... He is trying to arrive at some conclusion about his thumb." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

Jon Hamm & Jennifer Westfeldt Make it a Date Night at 'The Fortress Of Solitude' Opening

Jon Hamm is all smiles while stepping out for “The Fortress Of Solitude” Opening Night Celebration held at The Public Theater on Wednesday evening (October 22) in New York City. The 43-year-old actor was joined on the carpet by his wife Jennifer Westfeldt. “The Fortress of Solitudeis the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn [...]

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