True Reads Book Club: How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Come discuss the most interesting books in new Non-Fiction with our True Reads book club! Happening every 4-6 weeks hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly staff.
For our JANUARY meeting, we’ll be reading HOW TO DO NOTHING by Jenny Odell. The book club will meet at La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 176 Bernard Ouest at 7pm. This month’s meeting is hosted by Drawn & Quarterly Children’s Coordinator Kennedy Rooke. Join us for discussion and drinks!
**We offer a 20% discount on HOW TO DO NOTHING by Jenny Odell from now until the meeting date.*
ABOUT THE BOOK
“A complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto.”—Jonah Engel Bromwich, The New York Times Book Review
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 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 is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.
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