The winter edition of Tom’s Book Club featured The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer. A follow up to Pico Iyer’s essay “The Joy of Quiet,” The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. LARB contributor Fleda Brown said of the book in our pages, “For the considerable number of people who can’t imagine themselves cross-legged on a cushion and chanting sutras, Iyer’s book is a worthy contribution. All we have to do is sit still for a while. No other rules. The word for it in Zen is shikantaza — Iyer’s “Nowhere” — or, as my teacher puts it, resting in space.”
Watch LARB editor-in-chief Tom Lutz interview Pico Iyer above, and click here for more information on how to join Tom’s Book Club.