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In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré
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Read on September 01, 2012

I saw this on a friend's blog, got it from the library the next day, and finished it two days after that. This was sort of the point of the book--leave room for fun and don't worry about getting everything done all the time.

The journalism in here was occasionally a bit lacking, particularly in the CAM chapter. I felt like there was a lot of anecdote passing as fact. That said, it was interesting to see the ways in which people are choosing to slow down aspects of their lives, and where we've come. Much of the history is what we discuss in the seminar I teach, and while in some ways we have a lot more free time (no 14 hour 6 hour weeks as standard as in the past) in other ways we have a lot less. I may recommend this as a source to students in the future. It's a few years out of date but I know basically still sound.
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