In Praise of Slowness Challenging the Cult of Speed

ISBN-10: 0060750510

ISBN-13: 9780060750510

Edition: 2005

Authors: Carl Honor�

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We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a breaking point. Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business executive now loses sixty-eight hours a year to being put on hold, and American adults currently devote on average a mere half hour per week to making love. Living on the edge of exhaustion, we are constantly reminded by our bodies and minds that the pace of life is spinning out of control. In Praise of Slowness traces the history of our increasingly breathless relationship with time and tackles the consequences of living in this accelerated culture of our own creation. Why are we always in such a rush? What is the cure for time sickness? Is it possible, or even desirable, to slow down? Realizing the price we pay for unrelenting speed, people all over the world are reclaiming their time and slowing down the pace -- and living happier, healthier, and more productive lives as a result. A Slow revolution is taking place. Here you will find no Luddite calls to overthrow technology and seek a preindustrial utopia. This is a modern revolution, championed by cell-phone using, e-mailing lovers of sanity. The Slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word -- balance. People are discovering energy and efficiency where they may have been least expected -- in slowing down. In this engaging and entertaining exploration, award-winning journalist and rehabilitated speedaholic Carl Honor details our perennial love affair with efficiency and speed in a perfect blend of anecdotal reportage, history, and intellectual inquiry. In Praise of Slowness is the first comprehensive look at the worldwide Slow movements making their way into the mainstream -- in offices, factories, neighborhoods, kitchens, hospitals, concert halls, bedrooms, gyms, and schools. Defining a movement that is here to stay, this spirited manifesto will make you completely rethink your relationship with time.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550

Introduction: The Age of Rage
Do Everything Faster
Slow Is Beautiful
Food: Turning the Tables on Speed
Cities: Blending Old and New
Mind/Body: Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
Medicine: Doctors and Patience
Sex: A Lover with a Slow Hand
Work: The Benefits of Working Less Hard
Leisure: The Importance of Being at Rest
Children: Raising an Unhurried Child
Conclusion: Finding the Tempo Giusto
Notes
Resource List
Acknowledgments
Index
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