How to Do Nothing

Look at all those stickies! How can a book with this title, in a field I have been reading and thinking about for twenty years, contain so much new information and perspective? Jenny Odell is amazing.

Incidentally, it’s not about “quitting Facebook.” It’s about everything.

I suspect I’ll write a review of this book for the forthcoming Issue 16.


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2 Responses to “How to Do Nothing”

  1. Yes, I loved this book too! I’m getting a bit cautious over books like this as I think, like you, that I’ve come across a lot of the information or I’ll find an ‘inpirational’ self-help book with little of practical advice in. I revisited an issue of a magazine called Offscreen (recommended, if you can find a copy) which she was interviewed in, and borrowed the book off the back of that. She’s created a good combination of setting out the malady, and then prescribing the cure.

  2. Same here. She describes it as “an activist book disguised as a self-help book,” which is about right and explains why it was hiding to me. I remember it coming out and I ignored it based on the title because I’ve read so much (perfectly good) stuff along those lines. Thanks to friend Marcus for putting me onto it. I have much to say about it, but I’ll save it for the review. Thanks for the recommendation of Offscreen: looks great (and I immediately spot the Odell cover!)

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