So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing at least as capitalism defines it. Doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity. A complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto.
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy English Edition - Jonah engel bromwich, the new york times book reviewnamed one of the best books of the year by: time • the new yorker • npr • gq • elle • vulture • fortune • boing boing • The Irish Times • The New York Public Library • The Brooklyn Public LibraryPorchlight's Personal Development & Human Behavior Book of the YearNothing is harder to do these days than nothing.
. Provocative, and utterly persuasive, timely, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent. Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have.
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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion English EditionFourth Estate - The times literary non-fiction Book of the Year‘A whip-smart, challenging book. It filled me with hope’ zadie smithfrom one of the brightest young chroniclers of US culture comes this dazzling collection of essays on the internet, the self, feminism and politics. We are living in the era of the self, in an era of malleable truth and widespread personal and political delusion.
In these nine interlinked essays, the New Yorker’s brightest young talent, Jia Tolentino, explores her own coming of age in this warped and confusing landscape. From the rise of the internet to her own appearance on an early reality tv show; from her experiences of ecstasy – both religious and chemical – to her uneasy engagement with our culture’s endless drive towards ‘self-optimisation’; from the phenomenon of the successful American scammer to her generation’s obsession with extravagant weddings, Jia Tolentino writes with style, humour and a fierce clarity about these strangest of times.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion English Edition - Following in the footsteps of american luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Jia Tolentino writes with a rare gift for elucidating nuance and complexity, Joan Didion and Rebecca Solnit, yet with a voice and vision all her own, coupled with a disarming warmth. This debut collection of her essays announces her exactly the sort of voice we need to hear from right now – and for many years to come.
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Oval: A Novel English EditionSoft Skull Press - A fascinating near-future exploration of relationships, sustainability, and power. At work, louis has become obsessed with a secret project: a pill called Oval that temporarily rewires the user’s brain to be more generous. While anja is horrified, Louis believes he has found the solution to Berlin’s income inequality.
An extraordinarily accomplished debut novel. Jeff vandermeer, author of Borne and Annihilation“Elvia Wilk’s Oval is a marvel. Ballard lies a deep-beating, deep-dreaming heart. Jonathan lethemin the near future, ” only to make the city even more unaffordable; artists are employed by corporations as consultants, Berlin’s real estate is being flipped in the name of “sustainability, and the weather is acting strange.
Oval: A Novel English Edition - Oval is a fascinating portrait of the unbalanced relationships that shape our world, as well as a prescient warning of what the future may hold. At the core of this seductive, acute, superbly-contemporary update of mid-period J. G. When anja and louis are offered a rent-free home on an artificial mountain—yet another eco-friendly initiative run by a corporation—they seize the opportunity, but it isn’t long before the experimental house begins malfunctioning.
After louis’s mother dies, Anja is convinced he has changed.
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Sleeveless: Fashion, Image, Media, New York 2011–2019 (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) (English Edition)
Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest English EditionMelville House UK - A stunning homage to a tribe Called Quest and a musical era that shaped American culture, from critically acclaimed Hanif Abdurraqib. How does one pay homage to a tribe called quest? Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how the band’s distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself.
Abdurraqib traces the tribe’s creative career: from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Their work is placed in the context of the broader rap landscape of the 1990s, one upended by sampling laws that forced a reinvention in production methods, the East Coast–West Coast rivalry that threatened to destroy the genre, and some record labels’ shift from focusing on groups to individual MCs.
Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest English Edition - Throughout the narrative abdurraqib connects both the music and cultural history to their street-level impact and seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that—like the low end, the bass—are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest.
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The Yellow House: A Memoir 2019 National Book Award Winner English EditionGrove Press - The yellow house expands the map of new orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Broom’s mother ivory mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it.
Broom’s the yellow house tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. Widowed, ivory mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. Located in the gap between the “big easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, class, race, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows.
. A new york times bestsellerwinner of the 2019 national book award for nonfictiona brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. In 1961, sarah M. But after simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child.
The Yellow House: A Memoir 2019 National Book Award Winner English Edition - It was the height of the space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.
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The Nickel Boys: the new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad (English Edition)
Stand out of our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy English EditionCambridge University Press - Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new Prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues. This title is also available as Open Access. Former google advertising strategist, now oxford-trained philosopher James Williams launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life.
As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming more scarce is our attention. In this 'attention economy', we need to recognise the fundamental impacts of our new information environment on our lives in order to take back control. Drawing on insights ranging from Diogenes to contemporary tech leaders, Williams's thoughtful and impassioned analysis is sure to provoke discussion and debate.
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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (English Edition)
Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It English EditionMule Books - But it will also give you the tools you need to make better decisions. And every time we “improve” their design, they get better at killing. You’ll learn to say NO in a way that’ll make people listen. Facebook’s privacy settings, which have outed gay teens to their conservative parents, are working exactly as designed.
This book will help you understand your responsibilities. You will learn how to evaluate the potential benefits and harm of what you’re working on. Who we choose to work for is a political act. You’ll learn how to present your concerns. You’ll learn how to make a case using data and good storytelling. Design is a craft with an amazing amount of power.
Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It English Edition - And, most importantly, the people we’ve excluded from these decisions is the biggest and stupidest political act we’ve made as a society. If you’re a designer, this book might make you angry. Every time social network’s interface allows a stalker to find their victim, that’s on us. The power to choose.
Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they’re designed to work. And it’s not working very well.
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Mindful Design: How and Why to Make Design Decisions for the Good of Those Using Your Product (English Edition)
Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech (English Edition)
Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) (English Edition)
Three Women: THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER English EditionBloomsbury Publishing - How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her?All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?All Sloane wanted was to be admired. I literally could not put it down' GWYNETH PALTROW.
I'm not sure that a book can do much more' sunday times'i will probably re-read it every year of my life' caITLIN MORAN'An instant classic' i'So relatable it hurts' ELIZABETH DAY'Like a true crime story – in which the crime is desire' ELLEAll Lina wanted was to be desired. Will enrage you. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, disappointments, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.
Three Women: THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER English Edition - People just need to get up and read this book' RUPI KAUR'Will amaze you. It pulses like an artery' observeR'The book every man should read' ESQUIRE'Wow. The number one sunday times bestsellerthe number one new york times bestsellerwinner of the foyles non-fiction book of the year a sunday times, financial times, spectator, evening standard, times, netgalley and time magazine book of the year'a book that blazes, amazon, esquiRE, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are.
Will astound you' jessie burton'reading Three Women is like reading the diary you could have never hoped to write.
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I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution English EditionRandom House - From the new yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch. Emily nussbaum is the perfect critic—smart, generous, funny, engaging, and insightful. David grann, author of killers of the flower moonnamed one of the best books of the year by npr • chicago tribune • esquire • library journal • Kirkus Reviews From her creation of the “Approval Matrix” in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize–winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has argued for a new way of looking at TV.
She explores the rise of the female screw-up, how fans warp the shows they love, the messy power of sexual violence on TV, and the year that jokes helped elect a reality-television president. It’s a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean.
I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution English Edition - Longlisted for the pen/diamonstein-spielvogel award for the art of the essay“this collection, including some powerful new work, proves once and for all that there’s no better American critic of anything than Emily Nussbaum. The book also includes a major new essay written during the year of #MeToo, wrestling with the question of what to do when the artist you love is a monster.
More than a collection of reviews, the book makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the “idiot box, ” even as it transformed. There are three big profiles of television showrunners—Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy—as well as examinations of the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers.
In this collection, beginning with buffy the Vampire Slayer, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television, the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path.
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The Topeka School: A Novel English EditionFarrar, Straus and Giroux - Adam is a renowned debater, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college. He is one of the cool kids, ready to fight or, better, freestyle about fighting if it keeps his peers from thinking of him as weak. It is also a riveting prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the trolls and tyrants of the New Right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men.
A new york times, vulture, the telegraph uk, npr, gq, vogue, amazon, financial times uk, time, the times literary supplement uk, lit hub, and washington post top 10 book of the YEAR NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Esquire, Kirkus, The Times UK, SPY. Com, and the new york public library from the award-winning author of 10:04 and leaving the atocha station, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New RightAdam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, class of ’97.
The Topeka School: A Novel English Edition - . They both work at a psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world. His mother, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jane, Jonathan, is an expert at getting “lost boys” to open up. Adam is also one of the seniors who bring the loner Darren Eberheart—who is, his father’s patient—into the social scene, unbeknownst to Adam, to disastrous effect.
Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, the topeka school is the story of a family, its struggles and its strengths: Jane’s reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, Jonathan’s marital transgressions, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity.
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Doxology English EditionFourth Estate - In the aftermath, flora comes of age, navigating a charged political landscape and discovering a love of the natural world. As the ‘90s wane, the three friends share in one another’s successes, working together to elevate Joe’s superstardom and raise baby Flora. On september 11, 2001, the city’s unfathomable devastation coincides with a shattering personal loss for the trio.
Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by surprising arrivals – a daughter for Pam and Daniel, a solo hit single for Joe. Two generations of an american family come of age – one before 9/11, one after – in this moving and original novel from the “intellectually restless, Daniel, uniquely funny” New York Times Book Review mind of Nell ZinkPam, and Joe might be the worst punk band on the Lower East Side.
Doxology English Edition - And when the country faces an astonishing new threat, Flora’s family will have no choice but to look to the past – both to examine wounds that have never healed, and to rediscover strengths they have long forgotten. At once an elegiac takedown of today’s political climate and a touching invocation of humanity’s goodness, Doxology offers daring revelations about America’s past and possible future that could only come from Nell Zink, one of the sharpest novelists of our time.
Joining the ranks of those fighting for ecological conservation, Flora works to bridge the wide gap between powerful strategists and ordinary Americans, becoming entangled ever more intimately with her fellow activists along the way.
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