Jenny Odell in Conversation with Helen Macdonald: How to Do Nothing and Vesper Flights - 92Y, New York

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Jenny Odell in Conversation with Helen Macdonald: How to Do Nothing and Vesper Flights

Jenny Odell and Helen Macdonald

Join New York Times-bestselling writers Jenny Odell (How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy) and Helen Macdonald (Vesper Flights and H Is for Hawk) for a conversation about the relationship between attention, technology, and the natural world.

Named by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of 2019, Odell’s How to Do Nothing lays out a refreshing and persuasive argument for reclaiming our lives from addictive technology, reimagining how we might think about our social relationships in the process—dovetailing perfectly with Macdonald’s Vesper Flights, a passionately astute examination of the links between humans and animals. Hear them discuss each other’s work and how 21st century technology has transformed our understandings of our politics and ourselves—and what we stand to gain by reclaiming our sense of wonder at the natural world.

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Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell is an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford University …

Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science …

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