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The Plenitude of Distraction - (Sequence Press) by Marina Van Zuylen (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 80

Genre: Philosophy

Sub-Genre: General

Series Title: Sequence Press

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Sequence Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Marina Van Zuylen

Language: English

TCIN: 78109359
UPC: 9780997567441
Item Number (DPCI): 247-76-5811

Description

A second look at distraction, extracting untold pleasures from its alleged dangers, defending and celebrating the unfocused life for the small and great wonders it can deliver.

This short book takes a second look at distraction, extracting untold pleasures from its alleged dangers, defending and celebrating the unfocused life for the small and great wonders it can deliver. It tracks the paths of writers that built their works around non-linear thinking. Bergson called on distraction to sharpen our perceptions; Proust's greatest epiphany came from stumbling, not walking in a straight line; Nietzsche never trusted a thought that didn't come from perambulation. The wanderings documented in these pages carry none of the stigma of attention deficit. Quite the opposite. In Montaigne's words, there is a marvelous grace in letting thoughts be carried away at the pleasure of the wind. It is time to side with some of the great propagandists of so-called wasted time and cultivate controlled mental mayhem. Come join the ranks of the great hedonists of meandering thought.

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