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How To Do Nothing

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Friday, November 5, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sharing the ideas from her transformational book, How to Do Nothing, artist Jenny Odell offers a glimpse at the path of the refusenik- and a way of deep relationship with place as a way to move against capitalism and other major cultural forces that extract from us. Odell’s book is perhaps one of the most beloved in recent times—thrust into the hands of colleagues, friends and loved ones in need of a new paradigm for self-worth and time. More than 150,000 copies were produced in the first print run alone, and Time, The New Yorker, NPR and more named it as a Best Book of the Year. It’s a thrilling critique of our obsession with productivity—and an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. This is a must-read and a must-see for our harried times. 

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Relationship with Land, Art, Cultural Transformation
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Jenny Odell is an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford and has been an artist-in-residence at places like the San Francisco dump, Facebook, the Internet Archive, and the San Francisco Planning Department. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, The Believer, The Paris Review, and McSweeney’s, among others. She lives in Oakland.
Jenny Odell