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ANew York Times Bestseller A complex smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self help manual then blossoms into a wide ranging political manifestoJonah Engel Bromwich The New York Times Book ReviewOne of President Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2019 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time160 The New Yorker 160 NPR160160 GQ160160 Elle160160 Vulture160160 Fortune160 Boing Boing160160 The Irish Times160160The New York Public Library160 The Brooklyn Public LibraryPorchlight's Personal Development 38 Human Behavior Book of the YearIn a world where addictive technology is designed to buy and sell our attention and our value is determined by our 247 data productivity it can seem impossible to escape But in this inspiring field guide to dropping out of the attention economy artist and critic Jenny Odell shows us how we can still win back our lives 160 Odell sees our attention as the most preciousand overdrawnresource we have And we must actively and continuously choose how we use it We might not spend it on things that capitalism has deemed importantbut once we can start paying a new kind of attention she writes we can undertake bolder forms of political action reimagine humankinds role in the environment and arrive atmeaningful understandings of happiness and progress Far from the simple anti technology screed or the back to nature meditation we read so often How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno determinism Provocative timely and utterly persuasive this book will change how you see your place in our world ANew York Times Bestseller A complex smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self help manual then blossoms into a wide ranging political manifestoJonah Engel Bromwich The New York Times Book ReviewOne of President Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2019 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time160 The New Yorker 160 NPR160160 GQ160160 Elle160160 Vulture160160 Fortune160 Boing Boing160160 The Irish Times160160The New York Public Library160 The Brooklyn Public LibraryPorchlight's Personal Development 38 Human Behavior Book of the YearIn a world where addictive technology is designed to buy and sell our attention and our value is determined by our 247 data productivity it can seem impossible to escape But in this inspiring field guide to dropping out of the attention economy artist and critic Jenny Odell shows us how we can still win back our lives 160 Odell sees our attention as the most preciousand overdrawnresource we have And we must actively and continuously choose how we use it We might not spend it on things that capitalism has deemed importantbut once we can start paying a new kind of attention she writes we can undertake bolder forms of political action reimagine humankinds role in the environment and arrive atmeaningful understandings of happiness and progress Far from the simple anti technology screed or the back to nature meditation we read so often How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno determinism Provocative timely and utterly persuasive this book will change how you see your place in our world ANew York Times Bestseller A complex smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self help manual then blossoms into a wide ranging political manifestoJonah Engel Bromwich The New York Times Book ReviewOne of President Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2019 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time160 The New Yorker 160 NPR160160 GQ160160 Elle160160 Vulture160160 Fortune160 Boing Boing160160 The Irish Times160160The New York Public Library160 The Brooklyn Public LibraryPorchlight's Personal Development 38 Human Behavior Book of the YearIn a world where addictive technology is designed to buy and sell our attention and our value is determined by our 247 data productivity it can seem impossible to escape But in this inspiring field guide to dropping out of the attention economy artist and critic Jenny Odell shows us how we can still win back our lives 160 Odell sees our attention as the most preciousand overdrawnresource we have And we must actively and continuously choose how we use it We might not spend it on things that capitalism has deemed importantbut once we can start paying a new kind of attention she writes we can undertake bolder forms of political action reimagine humankinds role in the environment and arrive atmeaningful understandings of happiness and progress Far from the simple anti technology screed or the back to nature meditation we read so often How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno determinism Provocative timely and utterly persuasive this book will change how you see your place in our world


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    If you are starting to feel heavy under the weight of current politics the rapid churn of social media mental health trolling fake news and just the general sense that everything is somehow getting intense read this bookIt's not about how to shut yourself off from society and live as a hermit It's not a bunch of shallow hand wringing about social media and kids these days It's not even a detox or retreat guide How To Do Nothing is a careful well researched look at how we choose to engage with our world and with each other so that we can find ways to restore nuance context and a sense of belonging To do this Odell investigates everything from history and politics to literature art sociology even bird watchingThough this book is written in a slightly academic style and the reader may benefit from some knowledge of critical methods or modern philosophy it's so honest that I believe it would resonate strongly with anyone I have personally taken a lot from this book and have been thinking about it for weeks since I read it