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The Lost Art of Idleness

Rainer Maria Rilke, the Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, once wondered whether “those days when we are forced to remain idle are not precisely the days spent in the most profound activity”. Rilke believed it was important to be idle “with confidence, with devotion, possibly even with joy”. Idleness, though, seems to be a lost art.… Continue Reading The Lost Art of Idleness

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On Being Divergent

Last week I read Divergent, the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth. The book is a dystopian novel set in the so-called Divergent Universe. The novel explores the main character’s emotional struggles as she defines her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five different factions.… Continue Reading On Being Divergent

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