What To Read This Weekend


4972329 red hair woman drinking coffee and reading magazine in cafe2 What To Read This WeekendHi everyone, here are this Friday’s reading recommendations:

1.  Fern Hill, by Dylan Thomas. One of the most beautiful and poignant poems ever to grace the English language. Even if you’ve read it before, take another look. It never fails to delight.

2.  “The Power of Lonely,” by Leon Neyfakh. A thoughtful reader pointed me to this highly informative essay on the benefits of solitude. I’ll probably do a longer post about it some time soon. The gist: until recently psychologists have assumed that time alone meant loneliness and misery. But now they’re beginning to uncover the many social, emotional, and intellectual benefits of being on one’s own. (Of course, you knew that already, didn’t you?)

3.  “After the Show: The Many Faces of the Performer,” by Scott Barry Kaufman: Fascinating piece on the simultaneous introversion and extroversion of many creative people. Kaufman’s blog, “Beautiful Minds” (on intelligence and creativity), is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Happy reading!

*And a big THANKS to all those who responded so enthusiastically to yesterday’s post on the idea of a QUIET Online Book Club. If you haven’t responded yet, not to worry; you can jump in at any time. I’ll be in touch very soon with details.

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  1. Jeanne on 20.03.2011 at 11:01 (Reply)

    Thank you for these suggestions. I plan on reading them. I LOVE the idea of a Quiet Online Book Club!

    : )

  2. Luna on 20.03.2011 at 20:56 (Reply)

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel another great book,

  3. Paul Leclerc on 21.03.2011 at 09:52 (Reply)

    FYI: The links to the items to read are broken. They have just one “/” after the http: part of the URL.

    1. Susan Cain on 21.03.2011 at 13:31 (Reply)

      Thx for telling me! Will fix right away.

  4. Leslie on 12.04.2011 at 12:40 (Reply)

    Thank you so much for these links! I especially appreciated “After the Show”.

    1. Susan Cain on 12.04.2011 at 12:47 (Reply)

      You’re welcome!

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