Oh Sweet Solitude

10 Jun

“Everywhere, in some lights, is a Lonely Place, just as everyone, at moments, is a solitary.  Everyone sometimes dances madly when alone, or thumbs through secrets in a drawer.  Everyone, at some times, is a continent of one.” -Pico Iyer

Searching for inspiration at the public library today, I stumbled across one of Pico Iyer’s many travel memoirs, Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World.  It is an exploration and reflection on the places in the world where nobody wants to go, or in many cases, where nobody can go- Cuba, North Korea, Iceland, and Paraguay are just a few of the places he calls “Lonely.”  It turns out Octavio Paz isn’t the only one navigating the labyrinth of solitude.

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