Losing Our Selves

Solitude isn’t easy, and isn’t for everyone. It has undoubtedly never been the province of more than a few. “I believe,” Thoreau said, “that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark.” […] But if solitude disappears as a social value and social idea, will even the exceptions remain possible? Still, one is powerless to reverse the drift of the culture. One can only save oneself — and whatever else happens, one can still always do that. But it takes a willingness to be unpopular.

William Deresiewicz’s “The End of Solitude,” published over a year ago, raises still-relevant questions about our current cultural moment. Interesting to read and consider before starting Super Sad True Love Story, or seeing The Social Network when it comes out in theaters.

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