Thursday, November 18, 2010

Please help! I said, 'Please help!'

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

My friend the poetic psychotherapist Franklin Abbott wrote me on Facebook today asking if there is anywhere to find noise ratings of Atlanta restaurants. He was inquiring because a friend — like many people — can't follow conversation in an especially noisy restaurant.

I know of no such ratings, but, as I told Franklin, I wrote a post in September about a Psychology Today article documenting that noise is often intentional.

The Daily Beast has also posted an essay on the subject by George Prochnik, author of In Pursuit of Silence\.

Franklin asked that I canvas readers for some quiet restaurants. Off the top of my head, a few that come to mind are Livingston, Restaurant Eugene, Craft and Atmosphere. Those are all high-end restaurants and ain't it sad that you have to pay big bucks for quiet?

If readers have any recommendations, they would be most appreciated. No, they don't want to text one another while eating.

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