Aurelian Craiutu reviews Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life, by Zina Hitz, at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
"By drawing on an eclectic array of philosophical, theological, scientific, and literary sources, Hitz combines ideas, insights, and stories from authors as diverse as Aristophanes, Plato, St. Augustine, Goethe, Einstein, Elena Ferrante, Malcolm X, Primo Levi, and Simone Weil to make a strong case for the life of the mind."The 1960 edition of Sertillanges's book is available at the Internet Archive, among other sources.
"In some regards, Lost in Thought follows in the footsteps of A. D. Sertillanges's The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods (1921). The life of the mind, Sertillanges argued, must follow a certain discipline and method, combining simplicity, attention, and openness to the world around us with silence, humility, and patience."