I have the habit of growing wrestless at parties, feeling compelled to go home. However, some of these introverted moments have been at odds with times that I have enjoyed working in teams. In case you've faced similar dualities in your personality, Quiet by Susan Cain is for you!
Her argument is simple: by continuously extolling the extrovert ideal (her visit to Harvard is, in fact, one of my favourite bits in the book), we have dramatically undervalued introverts (who may prefer the calm and solitude, like turtles in their shell 🤓). She introduces us to a witty public speaker who recharges in solitude after talks, to a successful salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions to explain the importance of solitude and empathy.
The book is superbly researched, and is particularly recommended to those who consider themselves extroverts! Caution: It sometimes drags a bit to reiterate the central message, but the accounts of real people will definitely keep you engaged!
Artwork by @jensennagle
Joshua Jensen-Nagle is a photographer who has become known on an international level for his large scale aerial photographs of scenes including beaches and ski resorts. This work by Jensen-Nagle was shown at Photo London last week with @bauxigallery. “My work explores the use of photography as a medium to create. rather than to document a reality, allowing the viewer to bring their own associations to the images."
If I dance like I'm on a stage
Will you see I seem out of place?
If I put on a disguise
Will you think everything's alright?
If I leave before the end
Will you forget that I was there?
I'll put on a performance
I'll put on a show
It is a performance