Thomas Dumm


On his book Loneliness as a Way of Life

Cover Interview of December 15, 2008

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How we are possessed by our possessions, how we love, how we grieve.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Too much writing, even writing about the self, is simply filled with self-help nostrums.  Those books condescend to their readers.  I ask my readers to descend to meet me.”

On the second:

“I was encouraged by my editor to find my own voice in this book, to write with more directness and clarity, while sustaining the intellectual rigor expected by Harvard University Press.  Squaring that circle has become more and more difficult over the past several decades, as the academy has become more and more specialized, and as the public sphere has become more and more dumbed down.”