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Carl Honoré

In Praise of Slowness

by Carl Honoré

In Praise of Slowness

Carl Honoré

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In Praise of Slowness shows how much we've become used to the cult of constant acceleration, and how much more fulfilling life can be once we learn to press the brake pedal now and then.

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In Praise of Slowness

by Carl Honoré

In Praise of Slowness

Carl Honoré

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People have been complaining about the pace of 'modern' life since writing was invented, but recent technology has really accelerated the problem. The modern emphasis on speed affects our nutrition, sleep, work, parenting, relationships, and even our sex lives. Unless we reset how we relate to time, we become its servants – and life goes by in a flash.

Carl Honoré is an author and journalist whose work has appeared everywhere, from The Economist to Newsweek. As one of the top promoters of the Slow Movement, Honoré doesn't want us to get rid of our smartphones – just to find the right balance. In Praise of Slowness is a great place to start thinking about why we're in quite such a hurry all the time, and to meet the people who've decided to do something about it.

With a wealth of real-life examples, Honoré persuasively shows how we've become so used to speeding up, we barely even notice. The book spends time with a myriad of experts, advocating for Slow Food, Slow Cities, Slow Sex, and much more, so we can discover the benefits of easing off the gas.

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"Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination."

Albert Einstein

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