Jenny Odell OFFSITE @ First Congregational Church

discussing with Rev. Molly her bestselling How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, as part of FCCB's occasional Life Meets Art series. Rev. Molly will interview Jenny during the 10 am worship service and, for those who want a deeper dive, Jenny will also lead us in a forum after the service from 11:45 am to 1 pm.

"Genuinely instructive, elaborating a practical philosophy to help us slow down and temporarily sidestep the forces aligned against both our mental health and long-term human survival. You can knock the hustle -- and you should."--LA Times


Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

In a world where addictive technology is designed to buy and sell our attention, and our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity, it can seem impossible to escape. But in this inspiring field guide to dropping out of the attention economy, artist and critic Jenny Odell shows us how we can still win back our lives.

Odell sees our attention as the most precious--and overdrawn--resource we have. And we must actively and continuously choose how we use it. We might not spend it on things that capitalism has deemed important ... but once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind's role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress.

Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book will change how you see your place in our world.

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.
In collaboration with First Congregational Church of Berkeley, this event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.
Event address: 
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612198552
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Melville House - December 29th, 2020