In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise (Paperback)
A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.
Between iPods, music-blasting restaurants, earsplitting sports stadiums, and endless air and road traffic, the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day. In Pursuit of Silence gives context to our increasingly desperate sense that noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe. Traveling across the country and meeting and listening to a host of incredible characters, including doctors, neuroscientists, acoustical engineers, monks, activists, educators, marketers, and aggrieved citizens, George Prochnik examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet.
About the Author
GEORGE PROCHNIK is the author of Putnam Camp: Sigmund Freud, James Jackson Putnam, and the Purpose of American Psychology, a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” pick and winner of a 2007 Gradiva Award. He has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Playboy, and Cabinet magazine, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
Praise for In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise…
"Elegant and eloquent."—New York Times
"[A] genial and informative study of the noisiness of modern life."—The New Republic
“An adventure of profound listening.”—The New Yorker
"A global quest to find those who still value silence.”--NPR
“Sometimes alarming and often charming, it sings the praises of quiet and reports the uncertain progress in the war against noise.”—The Dallas Morning News
"Smart... Silence is good for falling asleep, but Prochnik's attentive take on noise keeps us wide awake."—Publishers Weekly
“Elegant and understated, this thoughtful look at rarely considered aspects of everyday life reveals an often unrecognized cost of modern living.—Booklist
"A lucid, balanced appreciation of silence's solemn tonic."—Kirkus