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The award-winning author Michael Harris discusses his new book Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World (Doubleday, 2017), with Joseph Planta.

Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World by Michael Harris (Doubleday, 2017).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

It is a hectic world, not just because of overpopulation, and a lot of us congregating in cities. But the frenzy is because of all the technology around us, the drive to be productive has us married to our devices and various programs and apps that take away from the useful and necessary benefits of solitude. That’s the title of the new book from the author Michael Harris, Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World. In the book, Mr. Harris, who joins me now, talks about the profound emotional and intellectual benefits of solitude. He also distinguishes between solitude and loneliness, which a lot of us conflate. Michael Harris is the author of the Governor General’s Literary Award winner and bestseller The End of Absence. He writes for numerous publications including the Washington Post, Wired, Salon, and the Globe and Mail. He has been a finalist for a number of prizes including the RBC Taylor Prize, and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, among others. The website for more is at www.michaeljohnharris.com. This new book is published by Doubleday. It’s engaging, wise and witty. It’s such a satisfying read. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Vancouver today, Michael Harris; Mr. Harris, good morning.