Silence

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.What is silence In a series of short meditations, novelist and playwright John Biguenet considers silence as a servant of power, as a lie, as a punishment, as the voice of God, as a terrorist s final weapon, as a luxury good, as the reason for torture in short, as anObject Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.What is silence In a series of short meditations, novelist and playwright John Biguenet considers silence as a servant of power, as a lie, as a punishment, as the voice of God, as a terrorist s final weapon, as a luxury good, as the reason for torture in short, as an object we both do and do not recognize Concluding with the prospects for its future in a world burgeoning with noise, Biguenet asks whether we should desire or fear silence or if it is even ours to choose.Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
Silence Object Lessons is a series of short beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things What is silence In a series of short meditations novelist and playwright John Biguenet consid

  • Title: Silence
  • Author: John Biguenet
  • ISBN: 9781628921427
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Silence”

    1. A few of the essays really stretched the concept of what silence means beyond its breaking point, and Biguenet has the habit of falling into painfully purple prose during those moments. Other clearer essays actually have something to say. Mixed bag.

    2. How does silence or the lack thereof shape our lives? How is silence used to control? These are just a couple of questions that get explored in this book. I finished it five days ago and am still contemplating.

    3. “Wovon man nicht reden kann, darueber muss man schweigen.” –LW (About that of which we cannot speak, we must remain silent.)In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.Reading is a fitful silencing of the self.Even speech can be a form of silence.“Speech is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.” –HP “Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.” –CG “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.” –GBS

    4. This is my favorite of John Biguenet's works. I read this book in one sitting because I absolutely couldn't put it down. "Silence" reads like a novel but is incredibly informative, everything you wish educational texts could be but rarely are. Biguenet manages to cover a wide range of information while still arranging it in a way that creates a very natural flow. By the end of the book you'll be seeing silence in ways you've never imagined and in places you've never thought possible. I won't spo [...]

    5. I love the Object Lessons series by Bloomsbury. In Silence, Biguenet takes a look at silence in an extended essay format, examining the role of silence in music, the idea of silent reading, silence in religion, silence as a part of punishment with solitary confinement, in the silencing of voices, and more. This was a fascinating read and I love the format of this series -- in depth looks at the cultural, historical, religious, artistic, etc perspectives about a particular topic. If you enjoy the [...]

    6. The book is a long essay on the meaning and aesthetics of silence. Biguenet examines silence as an absence, an action, a form of speech, a feature of music, and more. The most valuable passages discuss silence after Katrina -- the silence induced by that trauma. Yet some of his references to deafness show an lack of awareness of disability critique, where one should be. Overall, a good dip into sound theory.

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