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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 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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