Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
Every so often I stumble upon a book that gives a name to a part of my life I didn’t even know had a name.
“Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of Intellectual Life” (Princeton University Press, $23.95) is a prime example.
Author Zena Hitz is a tutor in the great books program at St. John’s College, a secular “great books” school, in Annapolis, Maryland.
A Catholic convert, she explores such meaty topics as time, work, and rest.
“The leisure that is necessary for human beings,” she observed in a recent Plough essay, “is not just a break from real life, a place where we rest and restore ourselves in order to go back to work. What we are after is a state that looks like the culmination of a life.”
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