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This edition was published in by Melville House Publishing in Brooklyn, USA.

Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance.

So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. 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.

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. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

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Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance.

So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. 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.

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. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

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How to do Nothing

This edition was published in by Melville House Publishing in Brooklyn, USA.


Table of Contents

Introduction Surviving Usefulness ix
Chapter 1 The Case for Nothin 3
Chapter 2 The Impossibility of Retreat 30
Chapter 3 Anatomy of a Refusal 63
Chapter 4 Exercises in Attention 95
Chapter 5 Ecology of Strangers 127
Chapter 6 Restoring the Grounds for Thought 155
Conclusion Manifest Dismantling 186
Acknowledgements 205
Notes 207
Index 219

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Jenny Odell was an Artist in Residence at the Internet Archive which is referenced several times in the book.

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2019

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HM851.O374 2019

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OL28036973M
ISBN 13
9781612197494

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