Christian McEwen's calming voice brings her widely acclaimed book World Enough and Time to audiobook lovers.
Over the course of 10 years training teachers to write their own poems in order to pass the craft along to students, McEwen realized that nothing comes easily when life is conducted at a high rate of speed. She draws not only on personal experience, but on readings ranging from literary anecdote and poetry to Buddhism, anthropology, current news, and social history, all supplemented by interviews with contemporary writers and artists. This book stands up as both sustained narrative and occasional inspiration.
McEwen espouses the pleasure to be found in slowing down, both for the ease and comfort of the thing itself (taking time to go for a walk, to write down one's dreams, to read, to talk, to pray), and for its impact on creativity. There are chapters on walking, talking, drawing, dreaming, on "making space", on pausing/praying, on telling stories. World Enough and Time is aimed at the educated general listener, could be used as a creative primer, and will be of interest to creative-writing students and artists in every genre.
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This one of the most beautiful books I've ever listened to. This book has deepened my resolve to live more simply. I found myself putting into practice the author's invitation to slow the frantic pace of life, to saunter or stroll, to savour and taste the sweetness of being, of friendship, of writing and creating. I could not recommend this book more highly. As a storyteller, I particularly appreciated Christian McEwen's reflections on taking time to share stories.
Wow. I hated this book. I picked it up because of my interest in creating more quiet space in my life for creativity. Pretty sure I already knew that as a culture, we have had our quiet time, time in nature, and leisure time erode. Unfortunately, as far as I made it (chapter 5), this book was primarily focused on lecturing, quoting references, and droning on about all the changes in that regard and their negative consequences, with very little attention to what to do in your own life. Depressing.
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