Monday, March 20, 2006

The Art of Conversation

Today's New York Times (3/20/06) has a wonderful article/review of a new book, Stephen Miller's, "Conversation: A History of a Declining Art."

Here's an excerpt:

Conversation is one of those acts that require subtle forms of social imagination: an ability to listen and interpret and imagine, an attentiveness to someone whose perspective is always essentially different, a responsiveness that both makes oneself known and allows the other to feel known — or else does none of this, but just keeps up appearances. It may be, then, one of the most fundamental political and social acts, indispensable to negotiating allegiances, establishing common ground, clearing tangled paths. Conversation may reflect not just the state of our selves, but the state of society.

Read more here. (subscription required, but it's free.)


Post a Comment

<< Home