Jenny Odell

‘I want to be clear that I’m not actually encouraging anyone to stop doing things completely. In fact I think that “doing nothing” – in the sense of refusing productivity and stopping to listen – entails an active process of listening that seeks out the effects of racial, environmental, and economic injustice and brings about real change. I consider “doing nothing” both as a kind of deprogramming device and as sustenance for those feeling too disassembled to act meaningfully.’ (How To  Do Nothing)

As sometimes happens when I am compiling these posts, I make a note of a passage I think will work when I am reading the book, and then when I come back to it, months later, an adjacent paragraph jumps out at me as being more fitting for the present moment.

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