In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed

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9780060545789: In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed

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 Honore 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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DON'T HURRY, BE HAPPY.

Almost everyone complains about the hectic pace of their lives. These days, our culture teaches that faster is better. But in the race to keep up, everything suffers - our work, diet and health, our relationships and sex lives.

Carl Honoré uncovers a movement that challenges the cult of speed. In this entertaining and hands-on investigation, he takes us on a tour of the emerging Slow movement: from a Tantric sex workshop in London to a meditation room for Tokyo executives, from a SuperSlow exercise studio in New York, to Italy, home of the Slow Food, Slow Cities and

Slow Sex movements.

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"Life is getting faster, no doubt about it. We rush everything: we eat fast food, have quickie sex, drive like maniacs, and compete hard for fast-paced jobs. We wish to slow down and slack off, but we're afraid we'll fail. The big secret is that slower people succeed, and slow often works better than fast. A London-based journalist, Honore shows us the benefits of slowness, with chapters on food, transportation, meditation and exercise, medicine, sex, work, and parenting. In all these areas, people are making organized efforts toward slower, stress-free methods, and he provides some concrete examples (Italy's Slow Food and Slow City movements, a Tantric sex workshop in London, Japan's new approach to schooling)....This book presents ideas and resources that will be new to most readers and is recommended for both public and academic libraries."
--"Library Journal Review
"A former 'speedaholic, ' an award-winning Canadian journalist advocates living a slower, more measured existence, in virtually every area, a philosophy he defines as 'balance.' The author explores, in convincing and skillful prose, a quiet revolution known as 'the slow movement, ' which is attempting to integrate the advances of the information age into a lifestyle that is marked by an 'inner slowness' that gives more depth to relationships with others and with oneself. For the overprogrammed and stressed, slow and steady may win the race."
--"Publisher's Weekly
"Honore's engaging report should be embraced by those with quality-of-life and environmental concerns."
--"Booklist
"Try reading this book one chapter a day -- it is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chanceof changing your life."
--Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age" and" The End of Nature
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"The speed of life borders on insanity for an increasing number of us, and the price we pay is the erosion of our happiness and health. If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life -- and who doesn't? -- Carl Honore's In Praise of Slow could prove life-saving."
--Larry Dossey, MD, Author: Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine"
"In this terrific book, Carl Honore gets to the heart of what's ailing western industrial societies -- our obsession with productivity, speed and consumerism -- but he doesn't stop with the gloom and doom. Instead, he shows the way out, with inspiring examples from the growing worldwide 'slow' movement. Take the time to read this important, excellently written book" -- our future depends on the ideas it contains!"
--John de Graaf, co-author, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and editor, Take Back Your Time
"It's about time someone insisted -- in intelligent, persuasive language -- that we all put on the brakes, or at least check the instruments on the dashboard. Through anecdote, statistic and argument, Honore wants to convert us to an atheism that is opposed to this culture's mad theology of speed."
-- Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate
"Entrepreneur and slow may seem like oxymorons. However, taking the time to read Carl Honore's" In Praise of Slow may be the best decision an entrepreneur, or anyone working full time, can make."
-- Gary Erickson, Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc., and Author of Raising the Bar

."..a brilliant criticism of the culture of speed. Honor? is a proponent of the Slow movement, which encourages a deceleration of everything from cooking to business management, driving to talking styles-based on the belief that speed can produce disconnection from daily life."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"It is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chance of changing your life."--Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age and The End of Nature

"A persuasive case against mindless speed and an intriguing array of ways 'to make the moment last.'"--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A friendly and intelligent guide for harried types looking to change gear at home, work or play."--Economist

"Take the time to read this important, excellently written book -- our future depends on the ideas it contains!"--John de Graaf, co-author, AFFLUENZA: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and editor, TAKE BACK YOUR TIME

"A skillful blend of investigative reportage, history and reflection on time and our relationship to it."--BookPage

"Taking the time to read this may be the best decision an entrepreneur, manager, or anyone working full time, can make."--Gary Erickson - Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc., and author of Raising the Bar

"If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life ---- IN PRAISE OF SLOWNESS could prove life-saving."--Larry Dossey, MD -- Author: HEALING BEYOND THE BODY and REINVENTING MEDICINE

..".a brilliant criticism of the culture of speed. Honor? is a proponent of the Slow movement, which encourages a deceleration of everything from cooking to business management, driving to talking styles-based on the belief that speed can produce disconnection from daily life."--O, The Oprah Magazine

It is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chance of changing your life. --Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age and The End of Nature"

Take the time to read this important, excellently written book -- our future depends on the ideas it contains! --John de Graaf, co-author, AFFLUENZA: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and editor, TAKE BACK YOUR TIME"

If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life ---- IN PRAISE OF SLOWNESS could prove life-saving. --Larry Dossey, MD -- Author: HEALING BEYOND THE BODY and REINVENTING MEDICINE"

Taking the time to read this may be the best decision an entrepreneur, manager, or anyone working full time, can make. --Gary Erickson - Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc., and author of Raising the Bar"

A friendly and intelligent guide for harried types looking to change gear at home, work or play. --Economist"

A persuasive case against mindless speed and an intriguing array of ways to make the moment last. --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

A skillful blend of investigative reportage, history and reflection on time and our relationship to it. --BookPage"

...a brilliant criticism of the culture of speed. Honor? is a proponent of the Slow movement, which encourages a deceleration of everything from cooking to business management, driving to talking styles-based on the belief that speed can produce disconnection from daily life. --O, The Oprah Magazine"

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