Book Review–Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Book Review–Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

by Susan Cain. The U.S. is obsessed with extroversion. We organize classrooms and workplaces in open space design with little privacy. Jobs are advertised for potential employees “who have enthusiasm!” Quiet kids are encouraged to break out of their “shell” or even sent to therapists for their apparent problems “relating” to other children. The DSM-IV (that bulky and often controversial diagnostic manual for psychiatrists) lists fear of public speaking as a disease (right alongside homosexuality and caffeine withdrawal?) “They [people in the U.S.] became captivated by people who were bold and entertaining.” These…continue reading →
You are Invited

You are Invited

From 2007--edited only slightly. Travels from Savelugu, Northern Ghana through the eastern Volta Region. Leaving Savelugu was unsurprisingly chaotic. A familiar, beat up yellow and blue shared taxi pulled up to the compound. The children began yelling a sharp blend of English and their native Dagbani as we struggled to hug and kiss each child, while balancing our over-heavy packs. “Hurry, hurry!” shouted Mr. Baba, shoving the children back. There is never “hurry” in Ghana until the moment you need extra time. And, like that, we smashed ourselves, and our packs into the…continue reading →