How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell audiobook

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

By Jenny Odell
Read by Rebecca Gibel

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781612197494


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665122290

  • ISBN: 9781665122276

  • ISBN: 9781665122283

Runtime: 8.18 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English



New York Times bestseller

Winner of the Porchlight Best Business Book of 2019 in Personal Development & Human Behavior

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year selection

One of the New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year

An Elle Magazine Pick of 2019's Best Books

A BookPage Top Pick of Audiobooks

A Barack Obama Reading List Pick of Favorite Books of 2019

A GQ Pick of the Year's Best Books

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year selection

An NPR Best Book of 2019

A Pick of the Year

A Midwest Indie Bestseller in Hardcover Nonfiction

A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention—and our personal information—that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world

Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance.

So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind's role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress.

Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we hear 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 is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Your chaotic, fraught internal weather isn’t an accident, it’s a business model, and while ‘thoughtful resistance’ isn’t ‘productive, ' Odell proves that it is utterly necessary." Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author
“An eloquent argument against the cult of efficiency, and I felt both consoled and invigorated by it.” New York Times Book Review
“She struck a hopeful nerve of possibility that I hadn’t felt in a long time.” New Yorker
“An erudite and thoughtful narrative about the importance of interiority and taking time to pay close attention to the spaces around us.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Genuinely instructive, elaborating a practical philosophy to help us slow down and temporarily sidestep the forces aligned against both our mental health and long-term human survival.” Los Angeles Times
"How to Do Nothing mimics the experience of walking with a perceptive and sensitive friend, the kind of person who makes you feel, in your bones, that it’s a miraculous gift to be alive.” Seattle Times




Author Bio: Jenny Odell

Author Bio: Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell, an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford, has been an artist-in-residence at places like the San Francisco dump, Facebook, the Internet Archive, and the San Francisco Planning Department and has exhibited her art all over the world.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English