In Praise of Listening

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$22.00

Christian McEwen

286 pp.

978-087233-374-1

2023

AVAILABLE NOW!

Category: Books

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In her new book, In Praise of Listening Christian McEwen reflects on listening (silence, music, nature, prayer, &c.) in a series of thoughtful chapters, each one focused on a different theme. When an athlete speaks of listening to his body,or a gardener describes herself as listening to the land,when writers and artists explain that they are listeningto their work-in-progress, they are using the word as she chooses to use it here—as an extended metaphor for openness and receptivity, rippling out from the self-centered human to the farthest reaches of the non-human world.

As McEwen says: Most of us think of listening in fairly literal fashion: human beings listening (or not listening) to one another; the pleasure of attending to a familiar piece of music. But listening can have a far broader and more capacious meaning, moving out beyond the small apparatus of the ears to the hands or belly or enveloping spirit/mind.

 In Praise of Listening is a kind of sister or first cousin to McEwen’s earlier, timely, and very popular, World Enough & Time (Bauhan Publishing, 2011 and new Second edition, 2023)with the same emphasis on creativity and slowing down.


Check out the interview with Christian by Gray Hardaker


Most of us think of listening in fairly literal fashion: human beings listening (or not listening) to one another; the pleasure of attending to a familiar piece of music. But listening can have a far broader and more capacious meaning, moving out beyond the small apparatus of the ears to the hands or belly or enveloping spirit/mind. In her new book, In Praise of Listening Christian McEwen reflects on listening (silence, music, nature, prayer, &c.) in a series of thoughtful chapters, each one focused on a different theme. When an athlete speaks of “listening to his body,” or a gardener describes herself as “listening to the land,” when writers and artists explain that they are “listening” to their work-in-progress, they are using the word as she chooses to use it here — as an extended metaphor for openness and receptivity, rippling out from the self-centered human to the farthest reaches of the non-human world.

—Kimberly Cloutier Green, author of The Next Hunger


Christian McEwen’sIn Praise of Listeningis a lovely investigation of and meditation on listening, on its meanings and gifts. This book is both a guide and gift, a cause for wonder, and it has brought me even closer to the significance of the silence where I live, to how important its counterpoint with its other-audible family.In Praise of Listeningis a delight and a warning, a prayer and a service. I’ve spent hours with it, sometimes in my own silent reading, sometimes in full and happy out-loud. I’ve imagined voices, I’ve conjured memories, I’ve wandered through its singing and incantations. Deep gratitude for this book, this writer, deep challenges, deep joys.

Mark Statman, author ofListener in the Snow: The Practice andTeaching of Poetry


From “Mary” at Goodreads:

The Art of Listening invites us to reattune ourselves in multiple ways at this especially disheartening time. You must read it. Once you have, you will want to give it to your friends as well – especially those who do everything with their phones except listen. The book is full of nourishment, skillfully blending many equally appealing ingredients: well chosen stories drawn both from the author’s comprehensive reading and from her own and others’ lives. They will tune your ears and help you pay attention not just to others and the natural world, but to your own inner voice. What could be more important? You’ll find the book entertaining, too, with fresh interviews sitting beside equally apt and accessible literary references. The book weaves together social commentary, the science of hearing, intimate personal experiences, entymological tidbits and much more. Buy it as a special treat to be savored now, marked up, dogeared and treasured for years to come.

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Weight 1.5 lbs

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