17 March 2015

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer, UK, 2014

This small book can easily be read in one sitting. It is not a novel, but it is a collection of thoughts on the necessity of stillness - the ability to go everywhere by going nowhere. In this day and age where everyone is constantly hurrying somewhere, it is a breath of fresh air to read that it is okay - in fact, it is encouraged - to sit all day in a room looking out on an unchanging view. The 'all day' is an exaggeration, half-an-hour is quite sufficient, but the message is the same: we need to be still to appreciate where we are going; we need to go Nowhere in order to go Somewhere.

The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs from the Icelandic photographer Eydís S. Luna Einarsdóttir.

Photo of Pico Iyer from

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