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The Art of Stillness

#2 TED

Pico Iyer



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04 November 2014
Society & Social Sciences; Social issues & processes; Mind, Body, Spirit: thought & practice
Series: TED
In this age of constant movement and connectedness, when so many of us are all over the place, perhaps staying in one place - and locating everything we need for peace and happiness there - is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before.

Through extensive interviews with creative geniuses of our day, as well as historical records and his own life experience, acclaimed author Pico Iyer paints a picture of why so many have found such richness in stillness and how - from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck - they have gathered such rare and exhilarating fruits there.

He explores the counter-intuitive truth: the more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. In both The Art of Stillness and his captivating TEDTALK Where is Home?, he reflects that this is perhaps the reason why more and more people - even those with no religious commitment - seem to be turning to yoga, meditation or tai chi. These aren't New Age fads, so much as ways to connect with what could be called the wisdom of an earlier age. There is even a growing trend toward observing an  Internet sabbath every week, or turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning, to try to revive those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation.
By:   Pico Iyer
Imprint:   SIMON451
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   172g
ISBN:   9781471138867
ISBN 10:   1471138860
Series:   TED
Pages:   120
Publication Date:   04 November 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Pico Iyer is a British born essayist and novelist with an entirely singular sensibility. His various books are linked by his interest in cultural crossroads and the values that transcend boundaries. He has established himself as major presence in culture life of Japan, where he is based, and in the United States, (where he lives during part of the year) Britain (where he was educated), and India where his family traces its roots. An Oxford graduate, he taught at Harvard and is one of few writers whose work, like his interests, transcend cultures.

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