New Book Discussion for Our Times: “How to Do Nothing”

Second and Fourth Tuesdays, beginning September 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Join Rev. Axel for a six-session discussion of How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell, an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford and lives in Oakland, CA. This 2019 New York Times Bestseller (now available in paperback and as eBook) grew from a lecture Odell gave on “how to do nothing,” which examined the impact of modern life’s ceaseless demands on our time and attention. She explores how we might learn to assume a different perspective, one that allows us to see familiar things in a new way, and in the process find momentary relief. 

Informed by the sensibilities of both a contemporary artist and a political activist, Odell offers a compelling and timely case for mindfulness and engagement. Her ideas are particularly relevant during our current period of re-orientation and re-connection, and provide worthwhile food for thought and conversation.

Our discussion will take place in-person, via Zoom, or both (multi-platform), depending on the preference of participants. If you have questions or would like to join, please contact Rev. Axel ( and indicate your preference for meeting format (in-person, Zoom, or either). Please purchase a copy of the book, and read Introduction and Chapter One for our first session on September 27.