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…

Embracing Solitude

By Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin

Solitude has been instrumental to the effectiveness of leaders throughout history, but now they (along with everyone else) are losing it with hardly any awareness of the fact. Before the Information Age—which one could also call the Input Age—leaders naturally found solitude anytime they were physically alone, or when walking from one place to another, or while standing in line.…