Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time

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9780002570770: Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time

An enthralling, vibrantly written and thought-provoking examination of the Zeitgeist.

An infectiously enthusiastic and original piece of cultural analysis on the one subject that has ousted sex and money from the top of the obsessions league. In thrillingly ebullient style and with every paragraph fizzing over with smart ideas smartly expressed, livewire polemicist Jay Griffiths takes Time in her teeth and champs and chews at it until it’s a far more palatable item – something to nourish us, not just to tempt and worry us.

Her fascinating exploration of the passage of time includes (among many other things): our obsession with speed, with overtaking; motorways and their link to fascism; war; Mercury and the mythology of time and speed; History and the heritage industry; the ‘meanness’ of Greenwich Mean Time; the fast language we now have to go with fast food; Aboriginal Dreamtime; the difference between festivals and pageants; May Day; New Year; fin de siecles; the Millennium Dome; the time-consuming nature of housework; sex as anti-authority and anti-linear time; male concepts of time set against female; plastic surgery and the denial of aging; the evolution of the global calendar and clock; clock time versus wild time.

At once playful, political and passionate, she discusses Time’s arrow/domain/passage/gender/ linearity/circularity/speed/sloth/etc with exceptional elan. It all makes for a hugely entertaining, exciting and even terrifying book which marks the beginning of a significant writing career.

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‘Time-measurement is everywhere; deadlines, pingers on cookers, clocks squatting on computer screens. The pips of time are spat out at you by the radio – and if these are the pips, where is time’s fruit? To live in such an overwound, overclocked present is to live not in the fullness but the emptiness of time.’

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"A fascinating, highly original meditation on time. Jay Griffiths e xposes the political nature of the linear, mechanical and global time of indust rial culture and contrasts it with the myriad "times" embodied in nat ure's processes, known to indigenous cultures. Her writing style is rich and r hythmic, reflecting her main thesis. This is a book which needs to be read slo wly." - Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life.

"Like the seminal socialist, feminist and ecological works, Pip Pip articulates what thousands have felt but no-one has b een able to put into words. Suddenly, shapeless concerns are brought into focu s. Outrage takes the place of confusion, fascination displaces complacency. C heeky, intelligent, always gripping, Pip Pip re-introduces us to a dimension we 've utterly neglected. It will be the opening salvo in a new battle over the human spirit." - George Monbiot, author, activi st and columnist for The Guardian

"A thoughtful, original and intuitive account of how we perceive time which offers many alternative chronological co nsiderations. This book addresses themes such as the taming of time by clock-d ominated societies, the significance of speed in relation to time, how time is experienced differently according to gender, and how political and fiscal power s manipulate time to their own advantage. There are chapters concerning time a nd death, time and eroticism, and a final section entitled "Wild Time,&quo t; where biodiversity, moving at its own pace in unspoilt wildernesses, renders the clock irrelevant... amusing and erudite, fascinating and spirited. Bravo! " - Peter Reading, Th e Times Literary Supplement

"A wonderful, delightfully humourous polemic against everything that's wrong with the way we deal with time today" - The Indep endent, Books of the Year

"An irresistibly provocative and political ana lysis of time... Her wittily enthusiastic thesis is that time has too long bee n used as a tool to power: as a manifesto, it could cause a revolution." - Iain Finlayson, The Times, Books of the Year

"A truly brilliant and wonderful book, beautifully wr itten. This is one of the best books I've read in years." - Vandana Shiva, author and BBC Reith lectu rer

"A whirl of a book. Any page will get you hooked." - New Scientist

"A compulsivel y readable book cleverly combining influences as diverse as Otis Redding, Belta ne and Australian aboriginals; Griffiths does for time what Robert M Pirsig did for truth-obsessed philosophy in 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'. It's also a sexual, playful, intensely female book. Griffiths argues that thr ough their monthly menstruation cycles, often affected by the moon, women are m uch more in tune with cyclical concepts of non-linear time. With 'Pip Pip' Gri ffiths may just have beaten the clock. Passionately written and cogently argue d, it's a book you should make time to read." - Pete May, Time Out

&q uot;Both revolutionary and a real pleasure to read. Certainly this must become one of the principal texts of anyone campaigning for social or environmental j ustice." - The Ecologist

"A wonderfully argued and very moving boo k" - BBC Radio 4, Open Book

"An exhilarating, truly mind-expanding book." - The Daily Mail

"A mine of ideas, of anecdotes, connections, angles" - Ivan Illich

"A wonderful book, full of illuminating juxt apositions. She has invented a new literary genre." - Richard Gott, author, critic for the London Review of Books < P> "A beautiful, bold, brilliant book." - John Vidal, Environment Editor, The Guardian

"Pip pip is a b rave and novel rage against the machine of time. It oozes ideas as rich as a li terary death-by-chocolate. Savour a spoonful at a time and allow several months to digest." - The B ig Issue

"Jay Griffiths is a dazzlingly original writer, a wordsmith of the first order. She writes like an angel: a funny, brave, passionate and some times naughty angel. Her book is dynamite. It will change your life and you w ill never think of Time the same way again. It is highly serious and yet playf ul; it is wise, wide ranging and radical. If this book were a political party, I'd join it." - Anita Roddick.

"It defies genres, it flows seamlessly from the po etic to the academic, from Joycean puns to rich Sinclair-like meandering, from moments where one can almost see the ink dry as another thought blossoms. Her writing is so alive; in many ways it mimics the flowing circularity that the bo ok speaks of, the organic, fluid moving pulse of life itself." - John Jordan, artist and activist.

" ;Extremely well written and engaging." - Charles Secrett, Director of Friends of the Earth

&q uot;Ambitious... playful, feminine, spontaneous and hedonistic."

- The Economist

"Done with an energetic panache that will le ave you mentally richer... a delight." - Earthmatte rs

"An extraordinary book that challenges us to take a very different vi ew of time." - Green Futures Magazine

"A huge pleasure to read. It just makes you smile." - Archie Baron, producer BBC 'Timewatch'

"She w rites like an angel." - Anthony Nuttall, Profe ssor of English Literature, Oxford University

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Griffiths, Jay
Published by FLAMINGO (1999)
ISBN 10: 0002570777 ISBN 13: 9780002570770
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Book Description FLAMINGO, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002570777

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