Listening to Silence, Hearing the Unspeakable

By Jennifer Stitt

Today we are launching a new series on solitude by Jennifer Stitt, a historian of modern American thought, culture, and politics working on her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This piece on silence and solitude is the first of five short essays that will be published monthly.  In 1852, Herman Melville described the dark depravity of silence. “All profound…