The Art of the Wasted Day

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl is both a memoir and travelogue. The author has essentially written a series of essays about the virtues of solitude, using three major historical figures who withdrew from society to essentially pursue the life of the mind. It’s a robust defense of the idea that there is value in solitude. Personal travel anecdotes connect the stories of these people with the author’s explorations. The writing is exquisite. (Non-Fiction)