Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock by Odell, Jenny

Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the author of How to Do Nothing comes a "paradigm-destroying new book . . . about the various problems that swirl out from dominant conceptions of 'time'" (The New York Times Editors' Choice).

"Saving Time's real triumph lies in her road map for experiencing time outside the capitalist clock. . . . Expect to feel changed by this radical way of seeing."--Esquire

In her first book, How to Do Nothing, Jenny Odell wrote about the importance of disconnecting from the "attention economy" to spend time in quiet contemplation. But what if you don't have time to spend?

In order to answer this seemingly simple question, Odell took a deep dive into the fundamental structure of our society and found that the clock we live by was built for profit, not people. This is why our lives, even in leisure, have come to seem like a series of moments to be bought, sold, and processed ever more efficiently. Odell shows us how our painful relationship to time is inextricably connected not only to persisting social inequities but to the climate crisis, existential dread, and a lethal fatalism.

This dazzling, subversive, and deeply hopeful book offers us different ways to experience time--inspired by pre-industrial cultures, ecological cues, and geological timescales--that can bring within reach a more humane, responsive way of living. As planet-bound animals, we live inside shortening and lengthening days alongside gardens growing, birds migrating, and cliffs eroding; the stretchy quality of waiting and desire; the way the present may suddenly feel marbled with childhood memory; the slow but sure procession of a pregnancy; the time it takes to heal from injuries. Odell urges us to become stewards of these different rhythms of life in which time is not reducible to standardized units and instead forms the very medium of possibility.

Saving Time tugs at the seams of reality as we know it--the way we experience time itself--and rearranges it, imagining a world not centered on work, the office clock, or the profit motive. If we can "save" time by imagining a life, identity, and source of meaning outside these things, time might also save us.

Author: Jenny Odell
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
Published: 03/07/2023
Pages: 400
Weight: 1.5lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.40w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9780593242704


Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 12/19/2022
Booklist 02/01/2023 pg. 2
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2023
Shelf Awareness 03/10/2023
BookPage 03/01/2023

About the Author
Jenny Odell is a multidisciplinary artist and author. Her first book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy was the New York Times bestseller. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Sierra magazine, and other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.