The above post has some interesting things to say about the New Monasticism, Shane Claiborne, and the monastic revival for this “restless generation”.
(rude comment excised), he has some good things to say about monasticism; especially if you are unfamiliar with the movement.
He argues that monasticism is not a retreat from culture, but a cultural engagement (which I agree with more than anything).
Skip to the ten minute mark, if you want to hear him talk explicitly about monasticism. Before that, he is building an Early Church background.