by Zena Hitz

An invitation to readers from every walk of life to rediscover the impractical splendors of a life of learning

In an overloaded, superficial, technological world, in which almost everything and everybody is judged by its usefulness, where can we turn for escape, lasting pleasure, contemplation, or connection to others? While many forms of leisure meet these needs, Zena Hitz writes, few experiences are so fulfilling as the inner life, whether that of a bookworm, an amateur astronomer, a birdwatcher, or someone who takes a deep interest in one of countless other subjects. Drawing on inspiring examples, from Socrates and Augustine to Malcolm X and Elena Ferrante, and from films to Hitz’s own experiences as someone who walked away from elite university life in search of greater fulfillment, Lost in Thought is a passionate and timely reminder that a rich life is a life rich in thought.

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Zena Hitz, “Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life” (Princeton UP, 2020)
6/15/20       103 min

Zena Hitz on Lost in Thought
10/5/20       90 min

North Star Podcast: Hosted by David Perell
Zena Hitz: Liberal Arts Thinking
2/1/21       79 min

The Art of Manliness
#656: The Hidden Pleasure of Learning for Its Own Sake
10/28/20       44 min

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