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Time and the Art of Living Paperback – September 15, 1997
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"Time and the Art of Living" is a philosophical essay about the relationship between two facts: that we each "strut and fret upon the stage" for a terrifyingly short slice of objective time, and that subjective time, our experience of temporality, is deeply informed by our chosen activities and our character.
Robert Grudin thinks that our subjective sense of time is largely determined by the degree and quality of attention we pay to our memories and our sense of the future. (It is a mark of the unhappy that they are trapped in the present without a larger sense of connection to the enduring self.) And he argues persuasively that the successful and the fulfilled become so because of the control they exercise over this subjective temporal embodiment. At its best, Time and the Art of Living is a profound book with lyrically beautiful prose. --Richard Farr
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In my recently published career guide for people facing job loss, "The Gift of Job Loss", I recommend Grudin's book as an absolute must-read. Time is our most precious asset in life. We don't know how much we will have of it before we pass on. Grudin helps you and me optimize our time.
It's more thinking about time, or our experience of time, than you'd think is possible, unless you'd bothered to fight through Heidegger.
The value of the book is its creative thought about life. This book will make you think about your life. If you're thoughtful, you'll disagree with some of the author's opinions, but there's some gold in here. I give it five stars for stimulating valuable thoughts, five stars for content (despite some flaws), and five stars for the genre: we need more intelligent, thoughtful books about living well.
A Note: I first found out about this book from A Common Reader. How I miss that service - good thoughts to them!
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A pleasurable read.