Book Review: Quiet

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (New York: Broadway Paperbacks, 2012. 368 pp) Susan Cain’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, The Oprah Magazine,, and Her TED Talk has been viewed more than five million times. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Cut to the Heart Can you recall the last time someone struck at the heart of who you are? Perhaps it was the observation of a close friend—“She is the queen of understatement.” Maybe your dad made the comment—“He often relies on the voices of others to inform his opinions.” If not a person,… Read More →

Film Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower written and directed by Stephen Chbosky (Summit Entertainment, Mr. Mudd, Lionsgate, PG-13, 102 minutes) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. Sometimes Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough Context matters. How often have you experienced a work of art—whether music, film, letters, or sculpture—and recognized the skill and value of the piece without really liking it? Most of the time, this negative reaction comes down to preference. You might understand Salvador Dalí, but perhaps your eye moves toward the softer impressionistic colors of Monet. Perhaps you recognize the skill of Stevie Ray Vaughan but you hate the whiny sounds emerging from his amplifier. Sometimes, it all comes down to context. You’re not in a rap… Read More →