Introvert Internet Roundup

During my daily internet browsing, I’m always on the lookout for articles or news stories that relate to introverts. This week I found a few items that I think will be of interest to Spectatrix readers.

First off, a nice piece from Garrison Keillor on Salon about his periodic need for solitude, in which he conjures up a New York café experience that does sound “heavenly”:

…to walk into a little cafe with an armload of newspapers and sit at the counter and read them over a bowl of chili and a grilled cheese and a white mug of coffee, and a waitress who says, “What else would you like, love?” — this is heaven…

The second item I found is an essay from The Guardian written by Rachel Denton, a woman who calls herself a hermit. In the article, Denton describes not only her daily life as a hermit, which is quite interesting, but also the experiences that led up to her decision to live a solitary life. In particular, I found it fascinating that she had once been determined to become a nun, but she found even convent life was too social for her taste.

The final link I’ve got is from the Web site of the Academy of American Poets, which features a collection of “Poems about Anonymity and Loneliness.” I take issue with the title of this sampling of poems, which they admit further on also includes poems about “solitary thought,” because I think “melancholy” is a better adjective than “loneliness.” And as I wrote about in an earlier post, melancholy can be a good thing. In any case, I like this gathering of poems, and I hope you do too.

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3 Responses to “Introvert Internet Roundup”

  1. Gerry Lavoie said:

    Thank you for this site. I am a closet introvert and have always considered myself to be in need of fixing. The linked essays by Keillor and Rachel Denton are liberating! I shall visit your site often. Thank you again, Gerry

  2. Evelyn said:

    My husband was an only child and I was the youngest of four children who was born 10 years after my closest sibling in age and thus spent a lot time alone growing up. We both understand the need to be alone and “recharge our batteries”, so we occasionally take different days off or do activities where we are not together.

  3. Brian said:

    I prefer the word “pensive”.