How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Melville House #ad - . Doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind’s role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress.

Provocative, and utterly persuasive, timely, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing at least as capitalism defines it. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity. Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy #ad - . A new york times bestseller **"a complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto. Jonah engel bromwich, the new york times book reviewone of president barack obama's "favorite books of 2019"named 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.


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Random House #ad - Gleaming with tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet. Finalist for the pen/diamonstein-spielvogel award for the art of the essay.

This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die.

Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, wit and fearlessness, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity. Trick mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives.

New york times bestseller • “from the new yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television. Esquire “A whip-smart, challenging book. Zadie smith • “jia tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion #ad - Vulturefinalist for the national book critics circle’s john leonard prize for best first book • named one of the ten best books of the year by the new york public library and harvard crimson and one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • time • chicago tribune • the washington post • npr • variety • esquire • vox • elle • glamour • gq • good housekeeping • The Paris Review • Paste • Town & Country • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • BookRiot • Shelf Awareness Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time.


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

PublicAffairs #ad - Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit--at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future--if we let it.

Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism, " and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power #ad - In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets, " where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification.

The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth.

Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector.


This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Simon & Schuster #ad - Nothing except that climate change changes everything. Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. In this changes everything naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not—and cannot—fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate #ad - . She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. The status quo is no longer an option. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift—a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds.

The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, restructure the global economy, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, and remake our political systems.


Looking at Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art

Blue Rider Press #ad - Looking at mindfulness collects classic and esoteric paintings, from Rembrandt to Hopper to Magritte, and offers a lucid commentary on the inner workings of each. André describes the dynamic on the canvas, and turns to the viewer's own reactions, exploring the connection between what we see and what we feel.

The paintings are a visual and tangible first step to understanding mindfulness and the benefits of living in the moment. A book to help you achieve mindfulness and practice meditation while looking at the world's greatest works of art. Psychiatrist and leading meditation practitioner Christophe André guides you through the art of mindfulness, beginning with art itself.

Looking at Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art #ad - Moving beyond the art on the page, andré teaches us what it means to consider our surroundings, our daily interactions and obligations, and their effect on our inner well-being and mental clarity. An authentic and effortless voice, André brings clarity to what it means to live mindfully and how we can make a more conscious effort to do so.

In practicing mindfulness, within ourselves and out in the world, each of us can make immediate, meaningful, and permanent changes in our well-being and the well-being of others. Beautifully written, wonderfully accessible for any novice or expert, Looking at Mindfulness delivers practical steps and a comprehensive understanding of the practice and meaning of mindfulness and meditation.


Silence: In the Age of Noise

Vintage #ad - By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, and explorers, artists, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. With full-color photographs throughout.  . An astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create.

What is silence?where can it be found?why is it now more important than ever?In 1993, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out.

Silence: In the Age of Noise #ad - In this book.


24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

Verso #ad - At the same time, he shows that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that is intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, points to other more formidable and collective refusals of world-destroying patterns of growth and accumulation. He describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture.

24/7: late capitalism and the ends of Sleep explores some of the ruinous consequences of the expanding non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism. The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life.

24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep #ad - Jonathan crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance.


Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

MCD #ad - A new york times bestseller"a definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come. Jia tolentino, author of trick mirror: reflections on Self-DelusionA New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a January 2020 IndieNext Pick.

An amazon Best Book of January. With wit, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and heart, candor, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, and disillusionment. Unsparing and incisive, uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.

One of vogue's 22 books to read this winter, paste's 10 most anticipated nonfiction books of 2020, the new york times's 12 books to read in January, ELLE's 12 Best Books to Read in 2020, Esquire's 15 Best Winter Books, The Washington Post's 10 Books to Read in January, and Entertainment Weekly's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020.

She moved from new york to san francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, of course, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, and, dubious success, glory, progress. Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street.

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir #ad - But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. The prescient, anna wiener—stuck, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital ageIn her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, and looking for meaning in her work, broke, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy.


Aggregating the News: Secondhand Knowledge and the Erosion of Journalistic Authority

Columbia University Press #ad - Much of the news that we consume originated elsewhere and has been reassembled, and republished from other sources, but how is that news made? Is it a twenty-first-century digital adaptation of the traditional values and practices of journalistic and investigative reporting, more dangerous?Mark Coddington gives a vivid account of the work of aggregation—how such content is produced, repackaged, or is it something different—shoddier, what its values are, less scrupulous, and how it fits into today’s changing journalistic profession.

Aggregators strive to be seen as legitimate journalists, but they are constrained by commercial pressures, professional disapproval, and limited access to important forms of evidence. Coddington finds that aggregation is defined by its derivative relationship to reporting, which colors it with a sense of inferiority.

Aggregating the News: Secondhand Knowledge and the Erosion of Journalistic Authority #ad - The first comprehensive treatment of news aggregation as a practice, Aggregating the News deepens our understanding of how news and knowledge are produced and consumed in the digital age. By centering aggregation, coddington sheds new light on how journalistic authority and legitimacy are created—and the consequences when their foundations are eroded.

Aggregating the news presents an analysis built on observation and interviews of news aggregators in a variety of settings, exploring how aggregators weigh sources, reshape news narratives, and manage life on the fringes of journalism. Aggregated news fills our social media feeds, our smartphone apps, and our e-mail inboxes.


Normal People: A Novel

Hogarth #ad - But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins. A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Praise for normal people   “A novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting. The washington post “arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney’s elegant sophomore effort.

Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. At school, connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. Is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends.

Normal People: A Novel #ad - And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other. Normal people is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance.

The wall street journal “rooney has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. Courtney Sullivan.


The Topeka School: A Novel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Adam is a renowned debater, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college. He is one of the cool kids, better, ready to fight or, freestyle about fighting if it keeps his peers from thinking of him as weak. They both work at a psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world.

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, its struggles and its strengths: Jane’s reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, The Topeka School is the story of a family, Jonathan’s marital transgressions, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity.

His mother, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jonathan, Jane, is an expert at getting “lost boys” to open up. 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, amazon, vogue, vanity fair, the atlantic, lit hub, kirkus, the times uk, vulture, gq, the guardian uk, time, the telegraph uk, daily mail uk, publishers weekly, the new york post, and washington post top 10 book of the year one of barack obama's favorite boOKS OF THE YEAR ALSO NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Esquire, Electric Literature, Buzzfeed, The Times Literary Supplement UK, Financial Times UK, NPR, SPY.

The Topeka School: A Novel #ad - Com, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the new rightadam gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, transgression, and the New York Public Library From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, class of ’97.