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Monday 18 May 2020

Thoughts from Chapter 5 of How to do Nothing

“Difference is strength, a prerequisite for creativity that allows individual growth and communal political innovation. Audre Lorde’s words are especially resonant now, when our politics play out on platforms ill designed for difference, plurality, and encounter.”

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Tuesday 5 May 2020

Thoughts from Chapter 4 of How To Do Nothing

I had to start this collection of thoughts over. I was hyper-focusing on certain bits that I related to and ignoring the lessons. I want to focus on the latter here. Before I move on, however, I do want to say that this chapter had me thinking a lot about how various categories of neurodiversity impact attention. That’s a whole other topic, with great books written about it.

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Friday 24 April 2020

Book Study Reflections: How To Do Nothing, Chapters 2 & 3

“Refusal requires a degree of latitude – a margin – enjoyed at the level of the individual (being able to personally afford the consequences) and at the level of society (whose legal attitude toward noncompliance may vary).”

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Thursday 9 April 2020

Thoughts from Chapter 1 of How to Do Nothing

It’s possible these first three questions don’t need to be separate, but I think it’s important to look at them separately anyways. Who, what, where… They’re the key elements of any story, and what is life except an extremely protracted story in progress?

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Sunday 5 April 2020

Book Study Questions for Week 2/Chapter 1: The Case for Nothing

"I am real too. I am not an avatar, a set of preferences, or some smooth cognitive force; I'm lumpy and porous, I'm an animal, I hurt sometimes, and I'm different one day to the next." ~Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing, Chapter 1: The Case for Nothing

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Thursday 2 April 2020

Thoughts from the Introduction of How to Do Nothing

"To capitalist logic, which thrives on myopia and dissatisfaction, there may indeed be something dangerous about something as pedestrian as doing nothing: escaping laterally toward each other, we might just find that everything we wanted is already here." ~ Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy - Introduction

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Wednesday 25 March 2020

Book Study Details & Questions for Week 1/Introduction: How to Do Nothing

This post is nuts and bolts.

Time: 2PM on Wednesdays, for up to an hour Note: If I get a lot of interest saying this is a bad time, I can move it

First Meeting: Wednesday, April 1 I promise, no April Fool's Jokes from me

Format/Platform: Google Hangouts No actual clarification, but I feel like I need one, so...

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Tuesday 24 March 2020

Book Study: How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

I started working at a little yarn and book shop last fall, as a way to make sure I have some financial independence. In December, we featured a different item that we carry on our website every day. This book was one of the items. The title caught my attention. How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Since being diagnosed with ADD a couple years ago, I've become much more aware of the ways my attention sticks and slips around different things. But I've also become aware of how very busy I tend to keep myself and my mind, and how much I tend to base my value of myself on what I can accomplish that lines up with conventional images of productivity.

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Thursday 18 April 2019

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fairytale for our times. The angels have all fallen, and progress without consideration for its impact has shaped monsters who feed on human agony. In the midst of this turmoil, the heroes you have must suffice. Even if they are misanthropes and demons.

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Monday 11 March 2019

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

A new star appeared in the sky, and the world changed. Or, well… it changed enough people to undermine society as we know it. But having been raised on comic books and the idea of incredible gifts imparting responsibility and heroism, the older generation just wasn't prepared to cope with the anger, greed, and violence that is rained down.

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